It’s come this

e-mail Pete

Happy Monday Morning! The Red Sox won the World Series! Couldn’t have happened for a finer group of well mannered fans.

Managed to sweep the Rockies, and did it without Kevin Millar Cowboying anybody up in Denver. I don’t begrudge the actual team. A spectacular combination of hitting, pitching, youth, veteran leadership, and drive clearly had the Sox a cut above the rest of baseball. Hats off for getting it done not just with high priced free agents, but a collection of kids from the farm that will keep Boston in the post season for years to come. They’re not just planning the parade past Thaniel Hall for later this week they’re clearing late October on the Calendar for the next decade. Frightening.

But I will revisit the decision of Kevin Millar to not only throw out the first pitch in Game Seven of the ALCS at Fenway, but also openly solicit cheers on national television for his division rival.

Last time out I blasted Millar for gleefully representing his former mates, thus embarrassing his current fans in Baltimore. And I ripped the O’s for allowing Millar to take part in the Fenway festivities.

A few days later and my jaw remains unhinged. Not because of Millar’s actions, but rather a collective level of apathy from a large portion of Orioles fans. Orioleshangout.com is the home for hard core Baltimore baseball fans. The message board traffic following Millar’s shenanigans was like the inner loop of 695 at 5:00 PM on Memorial Day Friday. Much of which centered on how it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Many claimed the Orioles have far bigger problems and questioning the off season happenings of a player whom always seems to give his best effort just wasn’t worth the time. Many fans just simply didn’t care.

So it’s come to this. One of the most visible players for the Orioles rallies the dreaded rival Red Sox and the hard core fan base can’t even agree how crappy a thing that is.

What would the reaction have been in New York if Johnny Damon had pulled the same stunt? Apathy, indifference, and malaise? Try hostility, venom, and pure unadulterated anger.

Kevin Millar’s actions revealed a Josh Beckett fastball kind of scary problem for this once proud franchise. Fans have trouble even getting embarrassed by their club anymore. That kind of apathy leads to total ruin.

Don’t misread this though. I’m not blaming Orioles fans for their lack of concern. It just saddens me their team has so beaten them down with a sledge hammer of losing, steroid use and allegations, trade demands, and finally solicitous cheering of their rivals. Thank God baseball season is over.

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