Root, root, root for whom?

October 24, 2007

Let's see, if Baltimore makes it to the NFL playoffs, former Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer, now with the 49ers, can rally the team with some signature cheer like "Cowboy up." San Francisco fans surely won't mind. Or maybe former Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas will happily leave New England for a day. It's not like Patriots coach Bill Belichick is competitive or anything - maybe Mr. Thomas can videotape it.

Now the question is who from the Orioles should be tapped to throw out tonight's first pitch for Game 1 of the World Series between the Rockies and Red Sox. Ex-Sox player Kevin "Cowboy up" Millar had the honor in the deciding Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday, and that seemed to do wonders for the Orioles' division rivals. Pity the career-low-of-.254-batting first baseman couldn't produce that kind of magic in Camden Yards.

We'd offer someone from the O's bullpen, but he'd probably just serve up a home run.

Baltimore fans don't ask for much. We give our pro athletes downtown ballparks, linked to a new public transit system, and millions of dollars in ticket sales. A smidge of loyalty in return would be nice. One would think the Orioles front office and players would be sensitive to this after so many losing seasons. Is it any wonder that sports fans feel like they're trapped in a strictly one-sided love affair?

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