Orioles fans are still among the nouveau riche. Seventeen years of losing means we still have to wait a few more seasons before we look down our noses at anyone.
So Cincinnati fans will have to forgive me for noticing that the Reds are a team that appears to have given up. Last night at Camden Yards, a handful of fans showed up wearing Reds colors, one guy dressed like Mr. Redlegs himself. Those fans should call the Orioles ticket office at 888-848-BIRD and demand a refund for last nightâ€™s game.
Listen, youâ€™ll hear no complaints from me. Baltimore completely and fully dominated the Reds. Miguel Gonzalez threw a complete-game shutout and the Oâ€™s muscled three more homers to cruise to a 6-0 win.
From the national anthem to the last pitch, the Reds treated last night like a spring training game. I donâ€™t know how many September call-ups GM Walt Jocketty made, but when players and coaches emerged from the dugout for the anthem, the line stretched almost to the foul pole. I havenâ€™t seen that many Reds since the Bolshevik Revolution. The third-base dugout contained more Reds than the Seconol factory. There were so many Reds â€¦
Smitty! We get it! Enough with the Reds jokes.
Sorry. Canâ€™t help myself.
Anyway, yeah. By the time the Reds were down 6-0 in the eighth inning, substitute first baseman Jack Hanahan was playing behind baserunner Adam Jones. Didnâ€™t even hold him on. This was a team that had zero confidence that a six-run comeback was possible.
The Reds almost spoiled the shutout in the eighth inning, but third base coach Steve Smith inexplicably held up Ryan Ludwick at third on a base hit to left. The next batter, Todd Frazier, grounded out to short to end the threat.
Itâ€™s not fair of me to pick on the Reds. Like I said, Oâ€™s fans have no business poo-pooing anybody. Weâ€™ve been on the wrong end of those September games more times than I could ever count. And thereâ€™s still one game left in the Reds series, so maybe theyâ€™ll wake up.
But anyone who watched last night saw two teams headed in very different directions. And the Reds canâ€™t get there fast enough.