Monday, April 7, 2008

Enjoy it while it lasts...

The Orioles have won 4 in a row and haven't lost since Opening Day. All 4 wins have been of the come from behind variety.

The offense has been huge in the clutch. The bullpen has been lights out. The players are happy. And Luis Hernandez is a hero.

It's safe to say that the Orioles Magic that has been covering the city of Baltimore like a warm blanket isn't going to last. The offense will fall silent, the bullpen will blow leads and Luis Hernandez is still Luis Hernandez.

Such things happen over the course of a long, 162 game season.

But that doesn't mean we still can't be happy today. I was at the game yesterday and it will go down as one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had at the Yard.

But like Roderick Thorpe once wrote, nothing lasts forever.

Like it or not, this team is in rebuilding mode. That doesn't translate into a lot of wins. Sure, the Orioles are doing all the little things right now, but what will it be like in the dog days of the summer? How will they play in September?

I believe the Orioles will surprise some people, the way the Marlins did in 2006 and the Nationals in 2007. Both those teams were picked to be among the worst in the majors and they both surprisingly played decent baseball for long stretches of time.

The managers of those teams (Joe Girardi and Manny Acta) are credited for their team's performance in those years, and I think that Dave Trembley could share their company at season's end. Just listen to the man speak, he'll make you all warm and fuzzy inside.

But the O's simply cannot play at this level for long.

And I don't mean to rain on parades. I'm having a blast. I've watched more baseball in one week than I did all last season. But I must be prepared. Because a 6 game losing streak could break out any time, as we've seen time and time again.

Whereas teams like the Yankees and Red Sox seem to live for September and October, the Orioles live for April.

So enjoy it while it lasts.

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