Last year, despite a dreadful season, the Orioles made September exciting by drubbing our AL East rival Boston Red Sox down the stretch, knocking them out of playoff contention (including a dramatic win on the last game of the season that made #13 on our list of The Top 25 Moments That Shook Baltimore in 2011).
In the aftermath of the Sox' terrible end-of-season run, manager Terry Francona was fired and replaced by Bobby Valentine. Francona, who has since been hired as a baseball analyst by ESPN was on "Baseball Tonight" last night when an anchor commented on the O's great start to 2012, "We keep waiting for the Orioles to start losing—they keep winning."
Francona added his own 2 cents. "Since Buck Showalter has gotten there, they play hard every game, and I know that for a fact," he said. "They may not have the talent to challenge in the East yet but they give you every effort."
The anchor dryly asked Francona, "What experience do you have that shows you the Orioles are playing every game?" Francona responded without missing a beat: "The fact that I'm working for ESPN."
We're hoping the O's do maintain their winning ways and make a run for the AL East title, but if they don't, maybe they'll at least get another manager the boot. I vote for Valentine.