It’s all over, Orioles fans. The losing season streak is no more.
Whether you believe the bogus columns and podcasts about the O’s miracle 2012 season being flukey or lucky or simply chalk it up to a well constructed team with the smartest manager in baseball, we can all agree that the consecutive losing season streak is finally snapped.
Sunday in Oakland, the Orioles defeated the Athletics 9-5 for their 82nd win of the season. They haven’t won more than 79 games since 1997 and their last winning season before that was the year before when Davey Johnson led the O’s to the ALCS.
My prediction for this season was 75 wins. The O’s made that thought look stupid on September 4. I continued to tell friends that I wouldn’t be disappointed in this club if they finished with a winning season, breaking the 14 year drought. I stand by that, but I know that Buck Showalter and the Orioles have their minds set on much loftier goals.