O's Try to Break Sunday Swoon Against Tigers
The hard-hitting Tigers await them tomorrow.
It's gotten to the point where I can choose to avoid the Oriole experience altogether on the Sabbath day, especially after witnessing the brutal loss to the Nationals a few weeks ago. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and two strikes on the batter, O's fans were on their feet in abundance urging George Sherrill on.
Not me. I've been humbled before. Belliard's incredible blast, as painful as it was, approached the divine.
We need to change our approach and I've started thinking about our options. We could enlist a member of the clergy—a heavy hitter--to throw out the first ball at next Sunday's game. How about Archbishop O'Brien?
It could work but we would need to do it every Sunday. And then it hit me. What about prayer?
Outfielder Luke Scott reads the bible religiously. He could lead something non-denominational like the "Serenity Prayer" with alterations.
God, grant me the serenity to hit the ball where it is pitched
To accept the things I cannot change and get on base
The courage to change the things I can by driving in runs
And the wisdom to know the difference between a ball and a strike.
At this point, I'd be willing to try anything—including papal intercession.
The Orioles have played incredible baseball in the first half of the season. They need to find a way to win on Sundays, whatever it takes.