• Jun
    15

    I believe!!!

    I Believe!

     

    Amazingly, I figured this out when Matt Albers coughed up the three-run homer to cost Radhames Liz a much deserved win and more importantly, cost the O’s a lead.

     

    Sure, I was upset and I’ll admit to wondering if Albers secretly hates Liz, but then it hit me, and all of sudden I was calm.

     

    I just KNEW the Orioles would come back.

     

    I didn’t know how, and I certainly didn’t know who, but I knew this team was not going to wilt. I knew they were going to battle back somehow and get that lead back.

     

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the Orioles have enough overall talent to compete this year, but if teams were ranked based on heart, Dave Trembley’s bunch would be the league leaders.

     

    Now I’ll admit to a little bias when it comes to Trembley because I liked him when he was the Bowie manager and I think he’s a great guy, but I really think this team embodies their skippers perseverance.

     

    This is a guy who never played professional baseball, started his career as an area scout in Los Angelas, and then spent 20 years in the minor leagues as a manager or coach. He’s managed winter league teams in Mexico and Venezuela. He never gave up the dream.

     

    Finally, at the age of 55 he was given an opportunity to be a coach in the major leagues and before the year was out he was named interim manager after Sam Perlozzo was fired.

    Even after all of that, he still didn’t have the job permanently. Thankfully Joe Girardi turned down an Orioles offer this off season and the Orioles smartly turned back to Trembley to guide this rebuilding process.

     

    After being given the job, Trembley went out and assembled his coaching staff, and from all accounts, this staff is the hardest working, player friendly crew the Orioles have had in many, many years.

     

    Last night, it was no surprise when Oscar Salazar hit the game tying home run. Salazar is a Trembley guy. The soon to be 30-year old is a guy who never quit. He spent eight years in the minor leagues before he got a cup of coffee with the Detroit Tigers in 2002 where he got 21 at bats in eight games before being banished back to the minors. Two years and three organizations later, Salazar was out of affiliated professional baseball for two years. Needing offensive help for their Double-A team, the Orioles signed Salazar to play third base for Bowie before the 2007 season and rewarded them by batting .289 with 22 home runs. The Orioles gave him an invitation to spring training in 2008 and he impressed Trembley enough for the skipper to say he could see Salazar coming up during the inter-league schedule as an extra bat.

     

    I’m not sure ever Trembley could imagine the journeyman smacking the game tying, ninth inning home run against Pittsburgh last night.

     

    Salazar never gave up, Trembley never gave up, and neither does this team.


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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.

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