Hey young world… the world is yours. Hey young world… the world is yours. Young world young world… the world is yours. -Slick Rick
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Like Whitney Houston always says when she’s not hepped up on that crack, “I believe the children are our are future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” The Baltimore Orioles’ children are the future. The Baltimore Orioles’ children are leading the way. The Orioles are in the midst of a youth movement. Gorillas in the mist. Fresh off their fourth straight win, these upstart Orioles are winning the old fashioned way. They’re winning from the ground up. They’re winning with youth.
Last night against the Tigers, David Hernandez became the fourth Orioles pitcher this season to start and win his major-league debut. He joins Koji Uehara, Brad Bergesen, and Jason Berken. Know this sports fans: Baltimore is only the third team in major league history and the first since 1890 with at least four pitchers who started and won their major-league debut in the same season. How about that?
How about this? Last night, Orioles rookie outfielder Nolan Reimold hit a bomb for the third consecutive game. Big deal you say? Who cares you say? I say that gives him five bombs in his first fourteen games. I say he’s the first rookie this season to homer in three consecutive games. I say the last Orioles rookie to do such a thing was Jay Gibbons, who had a four-game streak in 2001. I also say, in Orioles history, only one player began his major league career with five home runs in fewer games than Reimold. Only the imitable Curt Blefary, who had five homers in his first eleven games in 1965, en route to being named the American League’s Rookie of the Year.
If that’s not enough to float your boat, there’s more. Tonight, the two-year wait is over. Tonight, catcher Matt Wieters, the prized prospect of the organization and perhaps all of baseball, arrives Friday from Class AAA Norfolk and is slated to start immediately at Camden Yards against the Detroit Tigers. Word on the street is Matt Wieters was the best position player in his draft. Word on the street is Matt Wieters was the best college catcher in recent memory. I guess he’s pretty good if you like six-five, 230-pound, switch-hitting catchers with a laser rocket arm. I do. I like six-five, 230-pound switch-hitting catchers with a laser rocket arm. I like Matt Wieters. I like these young gun Baltimore Orioles.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!