Things haven't been too good for the Baltimore Orioles in the last few years. For most of the 80's and 90's, even though they weren't making too many trips to the postseason, the Orioles were always a contending team. The problem is that since they last won the AL East in 1997 Baltimore hasn't finished a season with a record over .500.
Despite trying to win with big name free agent acquisitions over the years, the O's have struggled to compete in a division that includes the Red Sox and Yankees, and now to make things worse they have the Rays to deal with. So what do you do when your fans continue to grow impatient and you really don't have much of a chance to win next season either? Why you unveil new uniforms of course. That'll keep folks distracted.
Don't get your hopes up. It's a little late for the Orioles to rally now, but the team is planning a big fan rally on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Harborplace and has sent out invitations to season ticket holders. There has been a lot of speculation on the various O's message boards that it will be to unveil the team's new uniforms, the road version of which will -- as reported in The Baltimore Sun this summer -- have BALTIMORE on the front.
The Orioles are trying to stay as quiet as possible about what the new uniforms will look like, but there is a rumor that the Oriole logo of old will be replaced with a meaner looking bird. Whether that means it'll be an Oriole with blood dripping out of its beak, I'm not sure.