It's just baseball, and in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't match up with the perils of life or something like the health of a child.
But it's a way of life and a catalyst that brings us all together. We as players must always remember how much life we give to those that wish to walk beside us.
Who we are is very important. We are the Orioles.
From the first day that I became an Oriole, I could never have been more proud of the great tradition that I was adopted into. The foundation was laid down by the Robinsons and the Powells, the Palmers, the Blairs and the Belangers. We picked up the torch they lit and kept it burning for a very long time. It never mattered what the names were on the backs of our uniforms, only that one name on the front of our jerseys: BALTIMORE.
Each new Oriole should know the history and follow in the footsteps.
What we are right now is a power in the making.
The potential of this ballclub now parallels any team in baseball. I believe we have the offense capable of surpassing the 800 runs you need to be in a race. I believe we have the pitching to average 14 to 20 wins from each starter. I believe we have a minor league system now capable of supporting this club.
When will we win again? - When they themselves start to believe it.
Because it's not always the biggest or the strongest that wins, or even the quickest of hand. The one that wins is the one that says, "I can."
Where are we right now? - Better than our record indicates.
I think if we can make the adjustments that are apparent to me, this team can beat the Yankees, can beat the Red Sox, and win the toughest division in baseball, the AL EAST.
It's a state of mind--I BELIEVE.