It is interesting how, in many ways, the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles are complete opposites.
Just this year, many examples have come to my attention:
-While our regular starting catcher (V-Tek) is an old vet, Baltimore’s is (as of recently) a young prospect (Wieters)
-4 of the 6 infielders on their roster were born before 1979, while 4 out of our 6 were born in or after ’79
(Don’t worry, they’re not all about age)
-We are in 1st and they are in last in the AL East, and it has been that way for a while
-Their closer (Sherrill) has taken 5 years to become as reliable as he is this season, whereas ours (Papelbon) took 4 years only to already pass the Red Sox all time saves list, and was a star immediately upon entering the league
Okay, those aren’t actually that many examples; I’m sure you can find more if you look harder.
As of yesterday, there is a puzzling new one to add to the list. The Orioles, who are currently playing the Mariners, are up 2-0 in the 3 game series, whereas the Red Sox were 0-2 in the first 2 games of our Mariners series last week. I don’t have enough time right now to discuss why this has happened the way it has, but I welcome anyone to post their ideas about this new “opposite example” involving the O’s and the Sox.