Pleasant thoughts from the Yards

A sun drenched 59 degrees at first pitch (for which I wasn’t yet here, too many diapers to change) at Camden Yards as the Orioles go for a sweep of the Yankees.  The bright skies part seems possible, but the whole sweep thing still causes a double take.  Kicking off the season by kicking around the most expensive team in baseball elicits a city full of smiles. 

Throughout last night’s game in which the Orioles beat the Yankees 7-5, there were pockets sporadic cheering coming from all corners of the TV-11 newsroom.  Colleagues from all over the building kept popping into the sports office to see how the game was going.  As you can imagine, that hasn’t much happened since the Clinton administration.

Don’t take this the wrong way though.  Nobody’s talking playoffs, most still think a losing season is preordained.  Yet, you can’t take away the enjoyment of the last two games.  Good pitching, clutch hitting, and knowing the gnashing of teeth in Gotham has fully commenced makes for pure entertainment.  And in these economic times, we’ll take it where we can get it.

The sweep though looks less and less likely.  Top of the 6th and the Yanks lead 4-2 with two men on.  Mark Teixeira has quieted many of the Boo Birds with a 410 foot home run and a broken bat base hit.  Speaking of which, many a national writer came to defense of Teixeira, writing as if he needs comfort from those awful Orioles fans.  Really, we need to attack the fans for booing a guy who signed a 180 million dollar contract as unemployment nears ten percent?  Perspective people please.

Since the beginning of the last paragraph the flood gates have opened.  It’s now a 7-2 NY lead thanks to one of the more improbable errors I’ve seen.  O’s reliever Brian Bass, with the bases loaded fielded a weak grounder but threw a wild pitch from 20 feet as he went home.  It’s just not easy to miss that badly from so close. 

Anyway, still a nice start to the season.

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