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Staci Who?

old-school Baltimore Orioles birdIt’s true, I’ve been a poor blogger, due to an insanely busy last few months, what with graduation and starting a real job. But that doesn’t mean the Sam supporters haven’t been on my mind since the Mother’s Day Massacre. You might think I was sitting back with smug satisfaction over yet another example of my perpetual correctness. But this is false.

While I do enjoy always being right, I would have equally enjoyed being wrong if it meant that the Orioles had a winning record right now with Perlozzo doing a good job at the helm. Because, really, I am like you, eternally optimistic. That’s the only way to be, if one wants to remain a fan of the Birds.

I won’t rehash all of Perlozzo’s miscues and poor decisions. And I will only say this about his recent comments: The fact that Sam Perlozzo continues to stand by every move he made shows that the Orioles made a great choice in letting him go, even if they did take a long time to do it. Perlozzo’s inclination to view his mistakes as right decisions that simply backfired demonstrates a low capacity for comprehending the game and its strategies.

In an odd way, last week reminded me of 2005. I was out of the country during most of the Orioles’ stay at the top of the AL East and came home to watch them crash and burn. They dropped to fourth in a matter of weeks and then one bad thing happened after another in rapid succession. Players got hurt, Lee Mazzilli got fired, Sammy Sosa acted like a 5-year-old, Rafael Palmeiro was outed and Miguel Tejada was dragged into the chaos.

I remember wondering how much more Baltimore and the Orioles could take. I remember thinking after each event that it couldn’t get any worse. Then I was reminded of that last week as the Orioles hired what is essentially their third general manager, fired Perlozzo, let Miggy “bunt” through an injury and then had to place him on the disabled list. Somewhere along the lines Joe Girardi rejected Baltimore’s welcoming arms and Dusty Baker said “no” before anyone even asked. And when Kevin Millar started taking out his anger on John Kruk and even the diminutive Brian Roberts seemed upset I thought it had gotten pretty bad.Sam Perlozzo Brian Roberts Baltimore Orioles

But despite all the drama, I don’t feel the impending sense of doom I felt in 2005. Instead, I’m excited about Andy MacPhail – I just hope Jim Duquette continues to stick around. I was concerned when Girardi opted to wait around for the Yankees, but after seeing what Dave Trembley can do, I might just be content to not complain if the Orioles remove his interim tag.

In short, I’m looking forward to not being utterly miserable for the rest of the season. And I’ll save an “I told you so” entry on Jay Gibbons for another time.

On another note, if you liked Neal’s recent cover story, or even if you hated it, make sure you keep an eye out for PressBox. It always has a healthy dose of Orioles and Ravens and all kinds of other good stuff, much of it from the pens of Baltimore’s talk show hosts and other media members that you all know and love. And given your wonderful comments, you should check out our website as well, which has message boards to provide you with yet another outlet for venting about the O’s or dreaming about the Ravens.

3 comments to Staci Who?

  • sci

    Totally agree, Staci, about Perlozzo’s stubborn refusal to admit any of his moves were wrong. I know he’s maintaining his pride and sticking up for himself in the face of being fired, but how can any manager truly believe that every move he made was correct, even in hindsight? Especially when so many of them turned out so wrong.

    I like what Trembley is doing (other than the Tejada bunt) and I think he should probably be given the chance to finish out the year. But I have to say, this situation seems to be setting itself up very much like Perlozzo after Mazzilli. Perlozzo came into a horrible situation, did OK, and was rewarded with a contract. Say Trembley does OK, say 5 or 10 games under .500. Do you then give him a contract? What if the team continues to play badly under him? Is it really fair for anyone to expect a manager to come into the current situation and do well? I think no matter what happens, unless Trembley takes this team to .500 or so, it’s a very tough call at the end of the year.

    Maybe that’s why the FO seems to be pushing for a new manager to come in and finish out the year, to avoid the end-of-year awkwardness…

  • dan the man

    Welcome back!

    This homestand could earn Trembley the removal of that interim tag for sure. Speaking of Gibbons, he is not shy about supporting Trembley, and I get the feeling the club likes him and would rather the FO just stick with him rather than throw yet another manager in there. The guys are responding to Trembley’s positive, focused attitude so if they like the guy, I say give him a shot. And I have a feeling the FO knows the players are behind him and unless the team really tanks, Dave will continue to delay his execution.

  • Staci

    I should clarify. I’m not necessarily for keeping Trembley on. I was just saying that I might not be so upset if they did. I don’t think I felt that way about Perlozzo in 2005. My jury is still out on Trembley, but I see evidence of thought in his actions, while with Perlozzo I only saw evidence of someone sticking to “rules,” rules that sometimes needed to be broken.