Holy smokes it’s September. Baseball season is winding down, football is set to kick off and the sports gambling season is about to begin. Not that I condone that sort of behavior, or condemn it for that matter.
Typically around this time of year the Orioles lose all relevancy with Baltimore fans and out comes to purple flamingos, literally. But in 2010 the Orioles have accomplished a goal they have struggled with for the last thirteen seasons, keeping fans attentions over the last month of the season.
No, the Orioles aren’t in contention like they were the last time Baltimore fans kept their orange gear out while the kids went back to school. This season, fans are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and they know it’s not a train barrelling towards them.
Buck Showalter’s O’s finished August with a 17-11 record, Showalter has already passed Dave Trembley’s win total for the season and tied Juan Samuel’s. He’s shown fire, held guys accountable for their actions, managed the bullpen and had some outstanding pitching by his starters. Fans will watch eagerly to see how far Showalter can take this roster with eight of his last nine series against A.L. East opponents.
In addition to the excitement Showalter has instilled in fans, the September call ups are a bit more exciting this season than they’ve been in previous years. Robert Andino will rejoin the Orioles for infield depth, Nolan Reimold will rejoin the club after a successful season at Triple-A Norfolk and the Birds will get their first look at prospect Brandon Snyder.
It should be a fun September for fans in Charm City. Hopefully it will be just the beginning as the O’s look to keep fans attention in years to come.