Things are starting to heat up around here, with Dave Trembley's status likely to be determined in the next four or five days. The wolves are out and some of them want me on a slow boat to China along with poor old Dave.
That's fine. Everybody's got an opinion here and I'm glad that there is enough passion left in Birdland to care who's going to be the manager next year, but I'm troubled by a segment of the posting population here that doesn't think anybody else has a right to an opposing opinion.
The thing that makes a blog worth reading is the exchange of ideas. The fact that I'm not on the Blame Dave Bandwagon is a reflection of my opinion of how a manager affects a team and what really constitutes progressive change in a baseball organization. Obviously, you can make a compelling argument for a new manager, but I choose to view the situation a little bit differently.
I'm sorry if that offends some of the most strident Dave-haters, but I'm a little tired of the posters who have so little confidence in their own opinions that they choose to question the integrity of anyone who disagrees with them. And, though I welcome almost all comments and recognize that a blog is a fairly anonymous community, I'd like to compliment those posters -- particularly the ones who are hitting me the hardest -- who do it with some kind of consistent identity.
Oh, and one other thing. There's a poster here who actually believes that I put up two entries about Michael Vick to divert attention away from the Orioles' abysmal September to protect Peter Angelos and the front office. To that person, I just want to assure you that isn't the case and, while we're on the subject of conspiracy theories, I was not old enough to be one of the guys behind the grassy knoll in Dallas.