Is losing 100 games a big deal to you?
Thursday was an off day for the Orioles, but baseball writers still have to come up with stories.
That and the fact that baseball players make roughly 600 times what we earn in a year are really what separates the professions.
Oh, and the groupies. And the fact we can’t hit curveballs. And don’t have shoe or sunglasses deals.
OK, there is plenty.
Apparently, some of you believe there isn’t much that separates Yankees’ fans and Red Sox fans. It was another interesting debate at the bar Thursday. Some great points and very little name-calling, I like that.
Back to off-day stories. The one I wrote for Friday’s paper is about the possibility that the Orioles could lose 100 games in a season for just the third time in their history.
They did it in 1954 – the first year of the modern-day franchise here – and in 1988, when the club lost 21 straight to begin the season.
And now this year it could happen again. The Orioles (54-80) would have to go 9-19 in their final 28 games to stave off 100 losses. Coincidentally, they were 9-19 in their past 28 games.
So they’ll have to dip a notch below their current scuffling pace, but with a tough final schedule, the loss of center fielder Adam Jones to injury and the eventual shutdown of starters Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz, it’s within reach.
But does it matter? Do you want to see the Orioles avoid 100 losses, or is it just another number in a rough season?
Daily Think Special: Is losing 100 games a big deal to you?
Bonus Think Special: Will the Orioles lose 100?