You can’t always get what you want. It’s a well-known phrase, and one that seems to define the 2014 offseason for Orioles fans.

Personally, I wanted the O’s to bring back Brian Roberts. I understand why they didn’t, but I would have liked to see #1 run down the Orange Carpet on opening day. Part of it is the emotional attachment. Like many fans, Roberts was a favorite of mine. Whether it was his boyish good looks, his propensity for hitting doubles, or his get-your-uniform-dirty enthusiasm, I loved watching him play. He was the only bright spot on a lot of bad clubs. And I wanted those clubs to win.

But none of that happened the way I wanted.  They didn’t bring him back, and if he had to end up elsewhere, I didn’t want him to end up on a hated rival’s roster. I certainly didn’t want him to end up in New York, in the void Robinson Cano left behind. For the second time, I didn’t get what I wanted. Brian Roberts was a Yankee, and I hated it.

Even worse, I knew that there would be a moment when Roberts was introduced to the crowd at Camden Yards.

Now batting for the Yankees, second baseman, number one, Brian Roberts

I don’t want to have to live through watching Baltimore boo Brian Roberts. And I don’t want to be tempted to boo him. I just can’t handle that. Baseball is supposed to be fun. It’s not supposed to crap on your heart.

What I really didn’t want was Brian Roberts to make it easy to root against him. But he did. Consider:



Ugh. So let’s review:

  • The Orioles cast off one of my favorite players
  • That player got picked up by the team I hate most
  • Now Brian Roberts is saying “all the right things” in New York, which fills me with rage
  • The Orioles did NOTHING else in free agency to distract me from the situation

No, you can’t always get what you want. But in this case, couldn’t the universe throw me a bone?


April 4, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts (1) is carried off the field by the trainer and first base coach Wayne Kirby (23) after he hurt his knee sliding into second base during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Baltimore Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I also don’t want THIS to make me feel better…