Latest MASN Guest Post: On 2005
The weekly series continues, at least for as long as they’ll have me. Earlier today we went live with some thoughts on how the current success of the Orioles might have one pining away for the first third of 2005, the last time the team had any true taste of sustained success.
Let’s say for the sake of argument, however, that they keep this up. Let’s say that April turns into May and the win total is still in the black. Would then it be wise to dream of 82 wins, or more?
Alas, no. But that might be the time to start thinking about 2005.
For those who don’t remember (and you’d be forgiven), 2005 was the year the Orioles went 43-35 over the first three months of the season. They spent 62 glorious days in first place before a disastrous 8-18 July sent them into an all-too-familiar tailspin en route to a fourth-place 74-88 finish.
It must be noted that 2005 is also a year of infamy in O’s history. It’s the season Rafael Palmeiro joined the 3,000-hit club before turning around and testing positive for steroids. On top of that, Lee Mazzilli was the manager and the roster wasn’t particularly strong. It is, on the whole, nothing to yearn for.
Still, there’s something I’d like back about what that sustained streak of early winning did for the fan base. There were moments that year – I witnessed some of them – when the atmosphere at Camden Yards became electric.
Anybody else out there remember those good(ish) times?