The Orioles just lost their 4th game in a row, getting swept by Kansas City. Trust me, I get that losing four games in a row sucks. Yes, every single game matters BUT there’s a fine line between getting upset over a loss & acting like it’s the end of the world.
I’m not a fan of comparing football and baseball, but let’s humor ourselves a little. Football has 16 regular-season games, which is I guess more of a reason to throw your remote at your TV or punch a hole in the wall after your team loses. With each loss, that’s one less chance & hope to watch your team play in the Super Bowl. When their team loses, fans pretty much mope around that whole following week before, hopefully, getting over that loss with the next scheduled game. If you’re a Cleveland Browns fan, of course, it’s usually just going from one disappointing loss to the next…but I digress.
This isn’t football! I get it – the Ravens were pretty much the only game in town from, oh, 2000 until 2011 or so. They were pretty much always good, while the O’s were always bad. As a result, a generation of fans learned – and older fans had their brains rewired – to treat everything like a 16-game season.
In baseball, there are 162 games in the regular season so each day is basically a new day. While every game does matter, some of you are going to give yourselves a heart attack before the season even ends if you continue to overact after every single loss – or every single out!
I’d be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t have a few choice words after a tough loss, but like I said before, there’s a fine line between being angry over a loss & acting like the Orioles are the worst team in the league. (Spoiler alert, they’re not).
We’re all passionate about our sports, about our teams & about our players, but let’s be realistic here. Is it really worth going on a Twitter rant or posting in an Orioles Facebook fan page & rambling on about how Buck needs to be fired or how Manny needs to be traded for a starting pitcher?
Most of us have been through the dark times with the Orioles, which, if you remember, was way worse than a few losses in a row.
If you were lucky enough to not be old enough to remember those times, God bless you & don’t ever google “Orioles season record 1998-2011.”
Everybody, just chill out! It’s May. We’ll see who the Orioles really are over the next few months. Live and die with your team, hang on every pitch, sure. But don’t forget to sit back and relax a bit, and enjoy the games.
As Earl Weaver famously said…”this ain’t a football game. We do this every day.”