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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Markakis: “The whole country knows what the Baltimore Orioles are about now”

I haven’t been this fired up since Strassenjungs first hit the scene! Stupid reality…

Markakis will have the rare pleasure of going into spring training with expectations for the team heightened following the first winning season and playoff berth in 15 years.

“That’s what comes with success,” he said. “With what we did last year, people are going to be looking for us to be in the same position as last year and go further. And that’s our expectation. That’s our goal. We want to get there. The guys have been there. Hopefully I’ll be able to get there with them and you know, have fun doing it.

“You can definitely tell (the excitement) from the fans’ standpoint. It’s good to see. This will by my eighth season coming up, and the six years prior to this past season, it’s been tough. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we just couldn’t pull things together. This past season, when things go right, and everybody’s on the same page, good things happen. It’s just good to bring it back to the city, it’s good to see it in the fans. And not only the fans, but the whole country knows what the Baltimore Orioles are about now. And we’ve just got to continue with that mindset, that attitude, and play hard, and we’ll see at the end of the year where we are.”

Repoz Posted: December 12, 2012 at 05:51 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bug Selig Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:47 AM (#4322720)
Luck? Or whining about the Nationals' existence?
   2. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:20 AM (#4322746)
Time for the Plexiglass Principle to rear its head.
   3. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:53 AM (#4322826)
Most of them are about six feet tall.
   4. Suff Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4322844)
Markakis: "Man, can you believe how lucky we were last year? Look at my teammates! We started Nate McLouth and Lew Ford in a playoff game in 2012! What is this, the Atlantic League? Seriously, any playoff team with Chris Davis batting 3rd needed divine intervention to get there. I'm certain we are going to head back to last place this year. I sure hope the fans aren't expecting much. I'm sure not."
   5. Belfry Bob Posted: December 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM (#4323475)
So 'Suff' is Keith Law's new handle?
   6. Esoteric Posted: December 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM (#4323479)
So 'Suff' is Keith Law's new handle?
You do get his point, right? He was being sarcastic. The point is, hey, what the hell do you expect Nick Markakis to say? That the team really sucks in reality and just got freakishly lucky, and that the fans are fools to hope for anything? It makes no sense to poke fun at Markakis for a conventional expression of pride in his team and their accomplishments.
   7. DKDC Posted: December 12, 2012 at 08:42 PM (#4323513)
It's probably a good attitude for the players to have, but there's a very real chance the Orioles will suck next year. I think it's more likely that they will be pretty decent and hang around the outskirts of the wild card race pretty late in the season, but I'm fully prepared for some serious regression.
   8. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:14 PM (#4323519)
@4 was hilarious, and I'd love to hear R. A. Dickey say something like it at his follow up press conference should he re-sign:

"I came back to New York because moving is a hassle, my book editor lives right across town, and the fans are great, but anyone who expects this team to contend really should have their head examined. It's been, what, twenty ####ing years since the club last had a single plate appearance from an OFer we developed who could actually hit?*** Fred and Jeff are broke, Alderson's mailing it in, and Ricciardi, the heir apparent, couldn't hack it on the comparatively small stage that is Toronto. Seriously, folks, what chance do we have?"

***Daryl Strawberry, believe it or not.

You have to decide the Mets giving up on Angel Pagan for cash (and not much cash) then two years later bringing him back for baseballs doesn't leave Pagan with his "homegrown" hymen sufficiently intact. After Pagan the best candidate is Butch F. Huskey.

Does any other team have a record this poor of developing OFers who can hit?

   9. Transmission Posted: December 12, 2012 at 09:43 PM (#4323529)
8 - To answer a rhetorical (?) question: Cubs go back to about the same year, with Joe Carter.

And please, make that Dickey quote happen.
   10. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM (#4323540)
@9--that far for the Cubbies? That's a loooong time.
   11. Lassus Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM (#4323554)
Death, Taxes, Black Cloud.
   12. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: December 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM (#4323555)
We started Nate McLouth and Lew Ford in a playoff game in 2012!

That's what the Orioles are about to me. Finding guys I assumed were out of baseball and hitting them seventh.

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