What was the worst part of the Orioles' first half?
We’ve gotten the happy stuff out of the way. I hope you all were feeling chipper Monday.
Because now I am serving up a big glass of losing, bitters are optional.
Monday you told me what you thought was the best part of the Orioles’ 40-48 first half.
Now, we’re going to look at the worst part.
It can be a game, an injury, a managerial/front office decision, a particular player’s performance. It’s up to you, I just polish the glasses around here.
I am going with the overall malaise known as Oriole baserunning. I have covered this team for nine years and consider myself a bad-baseball aficionado. But I’ve never seen such terrible decisions on the basepaths as I have in 2009.
And that’s saying something considering I’ve covered Jack Cust, Deivi Cruz and nine seasons of Melvin Mora.
Mora’s getting crushed by fans this year for some of his baserunning decisions, but he’s not alone. The team, as a whole, has been atrocious. A lot of you want to blame Dave Trembley for not stressing fundamentals.
But it’s mainly veterans making the mistakes. I am not sure what he can do short of buying 13 shock collars and handing out remotes to John Shelby and Juan Samuel.
So, for me, baserunning blunders wins out for worst part of the Orioles’ first half. Having to watch Adam Eaton is a close second, narrowly defeating Aubrey Huff’s mustache (it’s Moe’s joke, but I’m stealing it for a free drink chip and a mention in the world’s most famous fake cyberbar).
What say you?
Daily Think Special: What was the worst part of the Orioles’ first half?