A successful September or the No. 1 overall pick?
I am thinking about making another change to the bar.
I am considering offering up only topics about hate. Ones that really fuel your ire.
Because that’s what makes this place rock.
On Thursday I mentioned my slight irritation with the Tropicana Field cowbells and my deep-in-the-gut, wanna-retch disdain for the wave. (Thanks Gus. I did this at 1 a.m. But, hey, no excuses).
Many of you rode that whitecap of vitriol all the way in. Beautiful.
I probably could get away with doing a “Do you hate the wave?” topic, but that would be too easy.
And I can’t be lazy today, because I am closing the bar for a week. I need time to think on an all-hate décor (Post-modern Irsay, perhaps?)
Actually, I am going to the beach for a week with my family. Every now and then I have to act like an actual dad.
So the bar likely will be closed after this weekend – unless something HUGE happens in the world of Baltimore sports. But there will be other aisles to stroll down in the Toy Department. Or so I have been told.
We’ll get the place reopened by Sept. 1. I promise. And maybe in the meantime we’ll get rid of that rat problem once and for all.
Today’s topic should be a good one. It comes courtesy of my friend and Connolly Bar semi-regular Brian.
He’s torn and wants your opinion. And I think it’s a good one.
If the Orioles just maintain their crappy pace for the rest of the season, they will again lock up a Top Five pick in the amateur draft for the fourth consecutive year. But if they step up their September Swoon into overdrive, they could challenge the Nationals (and Royals, etc.) for the top pick.
And that could, perhaps, yield them 16-year-old Las Vegas slugging phenom Bryce Harper. Or whoever is considered the best amateur player next June.
So would you like to see the Orioles fall apart even more if it meant getting the No. 1 pick? Obviously, the Orioles’ players and management wouldn’t consider tanking the rest of the season for the No. 1 overall slot. That is wrong in so many ways.
But what you, as fans, wish for is a different story.
The dilemma is this: Losing at a clip that would produce the No. 1 pick would make this season even uglier. And that means the young players on the roster will be exposed to even more desperation and have even less hope to build on going into 2010.
So which would you rather have: A good final stretch to give the young players some positives or a terrible swoon that produces the top pick?
Which would make the future brighter?
Your choice. I am hitting the beach.
Daily Think Special: A successful September or the No. 1 draft pick?