Let’s make the Evil Empire matter again


Tonight the Orioles play the New York Yankees. Yes, it’s only Spring Training, but…

I hate the New York Yankees. Of course I do. I’m a life-long Orioles fan. But it’s been a long time since hating the New York Yankees mattered. Since 1997 (the last time the Orioles made the playoffs), the Yankees have won eight Division Championship Series, six American League Championship Series and four World Series. These statistics aren’t meant to depress you. They are meant to get you fired up.  See, in order to really hate the Yankees, the Orioles have to start to matter.

Last year we were 5-18 in the month of April – already 10 1/2 games out of contention. It only got worse from there. By June 30th, we were 22 games back. The epitome of insignificant.

The definition of rival is “one who attempts to equal or surpass another, or who pursues the same object as another; a competitor”. Once upon a time,  the Orioles and Yankees were “rivals”.  In the late 70′s and early 80′s, we competed for the top of the American League. When the Yankees would come to the old Memorial Statium there was a sea of Orange. For those that dared to wear the pinstripes, they did so at their own risk.  I still remember going to a game where my dad was able to get a rise out of Yankee manager Billy Martin by yelling from the stands. He wouldn’t have been able to do that if the Orioles didn’t matter.

So, here’s to 2011 being the year where our rivalry with the Evil Empire is renewed, and to filling Camden Yards with Orange on the days the Yankees come to town. Remember, Buck doesn’t want to hear excuses. He wants to play with the big guys. And I’m ready to have my hate for the Yankees start to matter again.

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  • Paula

    Just saw Reynolds make a great play at 3rd against the Yuckees. Yeah, I’d LOVE for the Yuckees to worry when coming to Baltimore, not just thinking it’s another home game on the road.

    • Chris Raitzyk

      Yeah, Paula. The Yankees need to quit feeling comfortable in OUR house (and Reynolds is a good upgrade on defense at third).

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  • http://www.bosoxinjection.com Rick Meegan

    Chris, i couldn’t agree with you more. I have hated the Yankees my entire life. So much so that my family and friends think I need therapy over it. Lol

    I think teams are in for a rude awakening this season when they come to Camden Yards. This team is prepared to take the next step. This is not the same pathetic team that has been an embarassment for the past decade. Their lineup is stacked from top to bottom. If Brian Roberts can find a way to stay healthy this year, this team is going to put up a lot of runs. I also think Buck Showalter is going to groom this young pitching staff.

    I am a Red Sox and Orioles fan which gives me the pleasure to root agains the Yankees 38 times every year. I recently put up a poll about who do fans think will bethis years sleeper team. You would be very proud of the response from Orioles fans. You and I aren’t the only ones who believe. You can check out this poll bu going to http://bosoxinjection.com/2011/03/05/who-is-this-years-sleeper/

    Orioles fans and Camden Yards deserve to be covered with only Black and Orange in the seats this year.

    I will be followin gyou and the Orioles right here all year.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Chris Raitzyk

      Hey Rick – sorry I didn’t respond earlier (I was sick and than out of town). Wow – an O’s and a Red Sox fan – that’s an interesting combination (and plenty of chances to root against the Yankees).
      I totally agree about B-Rob staying healthy. I think that was the biggest, single factor in our slow start last year.

      Well, here’s hoping.