As most fans know, it has been an extremely tough road for Nolan Reimold during the past few seasons. Life is always full of ups and downs, but the true test of someone's character depends on how they persevere.
So far, Reimold is passing that test - at least professionally.
During the early weeks of the season, he has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball, batting .341 with four homers - all in key spots - with eight RBIs.
As it is, you can say that Reimold has had a critical role in the Orioles earning seven wins in their first 12 games.
Whether or not the Orioles keep up their winnings ways or start fading in weeks to come, this is all certain at least for now: Reimold is still part of the future with the Orioles.
Now, he is showing the promise that made him one the rising faces of the Orioles in 2009 when he batted .279 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs.
As well, one could say that Reimold should be in the lineup every day from here on out - whether he bangs out four hits, or goes hitless in a game. They key with Reimold in the past has been consistency, but so far this season, that has not been a problem.
Between personal problems, battling for playing time, plus bouncing up and down between the minors and majors over the past years, it has been a wait-and-see game with him. However, Reimold become an indispensable part of the Orioles and has had a knack for the dramatic.
His ability to come through in the clutch was evident in game 162 of last season. As we know, Reimold had a key at-bat that contributed to knocking the Boston Red Sox from the playoffs and perhaps altering the course of that franchise's history for now.
That moment remained etched in his mind during the offseason and drove him even more to succeed in 2012. He worked out with Brady Anderson over the past few offseasons, and that effort has paid off.
At this year's FanFest held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Reimold also added that he is always looking to improve and knows there's a lot that still needs to be done
"I think once you lose that, then it's then time to stop playing. You always feel like you want to prove something, you always want to get better," he said. "So that's what I have tried to do, and I want to do. I just want to keep improving and getting better. I just want to have a good year."
Reimold is doing that so far, and fans within Birdland sincerely want him to do well.
Hopefully with his issues behind him and now seemingly healthy, perhaps Reimold can now fully shine and continue his hot start with the Baltimore Orioles for 2012.
Anthony Amobi blogs about the Orioles at Oriole Post. His observations about the O's appear as part of MASNsports.com's season-long initiative of welcoming guest bloggers to our site. All opinions expressed are those of the guest bloggers, who are not employed by MASNsports.com but are just as passionate about their baseball as our roster of writers.