2006 ends, as the past 8 have…

“It’s designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything is new again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains comes, it stops, and leaves you to face the fall alone.” -Bart Giamatti

The pain of the 2006 season is over. No more losses, no more heartbreaking losses, the ones we O’s fan know all too well. The hope that this 2006, much like other 8, would have been the one that would have brought us back from the duldrums of failure. The 2006 did not look like a great team on paper, but there was a chance that this team that consisted of a few stars, some rookies, some average players, and some aging vets could defy the odds and finish above .500.

As we have painfully witnessed this season, that was not to be. 70-92 was the best the 2006 O’s could muster. We have saw the flashes of potential this team has. Tejada putting up great numbers with little protection. Chris Ray doing excellent after being thrown to the fire in the closer role in his first full major league season. Nick Markakis rebounding from a rotten first half, to have a terrific second half and to give us hope that he’ll be a star that we fans can enjoy for many many years. Brian Roberts rebounding from his gruesome injury to have a stellar year. Eric Bedard took the role of ace and stayed healthy for a full season. Daniel Cabrera, ever the enigma, showing flashes of greatness with eight and a third innings of no hit ball against the Yankees.

I will not dwell on the bad today. No more talk of losses. No talk of steroids or hormones. No talking of who should go. The 2006 Orioles are done today with a whimper. The rain has stopped and they are on their face. But I know, one of these days, they’ll get up off their faces and get it together. It may be a year or ten, but through it all, I grin and bear.

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