It’s come to my attention that my man love for Tommy Hunter and proclivity to bet games has turned some listeners of Baltimore’s Best Podcast, the BSR Podcast, away. And for that, I’m sorry to my co-hosts, (dad) Zach Wilt, (brother from another mother) Patrick Guthrie and my bestie (@MattCLund). But as long as those original three continue to give me the opportunity to express my passion for sports with a side of fun, I’m not going anywhere.
Now on to much more important things.
Starting tonight in newly named Camden North, your Baltimore Orioles continue their playoff sweat versus the hated Red Sox.
And I feel fairly confident calling it that since Buck’s birds have reeled off five-straight series wins in the house Ben Affleck stole for one of the best movies of all time, (The Town). Add in that at post time, the O’s are sitting in the Tony Gwynn special (5.5 hole) from the division lead.
If you really want to nerd it up, they only sit a four-spot out in the sexy, loss-column (drink every time some pundit spews that phrase you will be hammered by mid September).
But if it’s Wild Card sweat that is your game, then the Black and Orange sit a Manny Machado 2-bagger from the play in game (where the Birds are 1-0 in).
So with that backdrop, welcome to playoff baseball in the regular season 2.0.
That’s because the next 33-games will feel like Game 2 of last years ALDS. Don’t believe me? Ask the over 100K who walked thru the turnstiles at the Yards this past weekend to see the O’s take 2 of 3 from the flipping Oakland A’s.
And before you and Nestor say, “Well the O’s are chasing the A’s for the Wild Card”, just stop. In all my years in the City of Charm and the four plus your boy moved tickets for the club, I can’t ever remember the A’s drawing like that. Look it up.
I was there on Friday night when the O’s out-slugged the A’s. It was electric. Fireworks and a beautiful Friday night aside, that wasn’t a UNC hoops wine and cheese crowd.
And if you think that was hyped, just wait til the White Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Red Sox (last series of the year) roll into the Yards over the next couple weeks. Hell, the Ravens are even getting pushed behind this little engine that could the past couple weeks as the NFL season opener in less than ten days away.
If you want to equated to a football mentality, just think of it as Week 10 and your squad is 6-4 and in playoff contention. Wins are important, of course, but a loss doesn’t mean you hang up your @SimplyAJ10 jersey for year. But on the other hand, if your squad does reel off two straight and get to 8-4, your playoff sweat is on and cracking.
Listen, I’m not sitting here telling you that I have any idea how this 2013 version of the Orioles will do over the next 33 games. If I knew that, I would lay some serious — oh I forgot, gambling is not a good topic.
Let’s just say, if I knew the future I wouldn’t be sitting on my laptop at 11:35 PM knocking out blog posts. You get my point. But if I happened to be pinned down by Mila Kunis and had to garner a educated guess for a team we grind with on a everyday/every night basis, I would say they will be in Oakland for the “play in game” October 1st.
But only time will tell which is why the #Chase4OrangeOctober is so magical.
Jabby Burns is a contributor to BaltimoreSportsReport.com and co-host of the BSR Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @Jabbyburns.