Orioles fans are not doing their job

Cheer the Oriole Way

9/27/12 in MLB   |   maxnbuch   |   6 respect

The boos began to rain down on Strop like cats and dogs. At one point, it looked like he was about to run straight off the field. Ever seen the Southwest Airlines commercials? Pedro Strop desperately wanted to get away.

The midst of a pennant race is when players need the support and understanding of their fan base more than ever. With the exception of a few true fans behind the Orioles dugout who continued to applaud the Orioles righty for his efforts, Orioles fans abandoned their own kind. That, ladies and gentlemen, is not the Oriole Way.
Sep 19, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jim Johnson (43) and catcher Taylor Teagarden (31) react to defeating the Seattle Mariners in the 11th inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIREMaybe we’re just rusty. This was the single biggest baseball game in Baltimore in 15 years, and it seems as if we have forgotten how to act in such a situation. Fans during a pennant chase must cheer on their team more than jeering the other. Let the opponent play their game with no third-party motivation. Give your team everything you’ve got. Make the Orioles hear you; not the Yankees fear you.

When one of the Oriole players doesn’t play well, tell him he’ll get them next time. Don’t put him down so he will feel even more pressure the next time he gets out there. In the words of the great Yogi Berra, “Ninety percent of this game is half mental.” These guys have enough to deal with against good teams, don’t add to their burden.

I hate to be cheesy, but most of all, have fun. This is the first real baseball we have experienced since the Clinton administration. Take full advantage of this time, and don’t mess it up because you want to see the opponent lose more than to see the Orioles win. We are very, very pro-Orioles, not anti-Yankees.
You make the magic happen, the magic of Orioles baseball.
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9/28/12   |   steveagetstein   |   1 respect

True dat.