Baltimore Orioles fans appear to understand that a rebuild is a process. And no necessarily a short one at that. New General Manager Mike Elias is the man taxed with overseeing that process. This much we know.
Patience isn’t my strong point. I admit that, and quite frankly I see that as a good thing. In my view it means that I know what I want and I’m not willing to wait for it. But what I’m selling to Orioles fans is to do as I say, not as I do.
Most people understand that a rebuild is a processes. Furthermore the majority of folks understand that the O’s are in the very beginning of that process. However are people truly prepared for the truth of that reality?
From 2012 until 2016 the Oriole were one of the winningest franchises in baseball. Granted the end of 2017 and all of 2018 ended that, it’s a tough thing for fans to accept to go from that to basically being told that they’re going to be rooting for the worst team in the sport.
Again, folks say they understand that. However are they really prepared for how bad the team is going to be next year and in the immediate interim? One has to hope so.
I say this because we live in such a fast-paced world. If you aren’t winning, you’re nothing. Teams such as Boston and New York are going to be winning while the new-look Orioles are flailing in the wind. And once the next generation of stars becomes apparent, are people going to accept being told that the future is bright while division foes get fat off of the O’s?
My hope is that folks do in fact understand and accept that the franchise is going to struggle for awhile. My hope is that the fans continue to turn out to Camden Yards, because that sends a message to the young players that this is a place that they’re going to want to play. Because otherwise…it’ll be a long, cold winter.