If O's don't get Tex, root for Nats
I've been reading a lot of comments here lately about how embarrassing it would be to the Orioles if the Washington Nationals were to outbid them for free agent homeboy Mark Teixeira, and I agree to a certain extent.
But if you want to look at the situation dispassionately, Orioles fans should be rooting for the Nats to sign Teixeira if the Orioles don't. The alternative is for him to end up in Boston, Anaheim or even pinstripes (though the Yankees can't get everybody, can they?). The Nationals do play the Orioles six times in interleague play every year, but they aren't a divisional rival or a team that might knock you out in the first round of the playoffs five years from now.
Not that the Orioles are completely out of the picture just yet. My gut says that Teixeira and Scott Boras go for the highest price and it won't come from the O's, but until they actually do, there's still a possibility of a Christmas surprise.