Where do you I even begin? How about with this: With the Phillies just having wrapped up a 9-1 victory over the Nationals on Sunday Night Baseball, the Orioles now officially hold the best record in Major League Baseball al by themselves.
I really don't care that it is May 6th. That is impressive. Especially when considering what was expected of this Orioles team coming into the season. It is an accomplishment that should be celebrated and enjoyed.
At 19-9, the Orioles have the best record in all of Major League Baseball. They are a half game up on the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East. At +34, the O's have the 3rd best run differential in all of baseball, trailing only the Rangers and Cardinals. The team swept the Red Sox at Fenway for the first time since 1994, to cap off a road trip where they went 5-1 against the Yankees and Red Sox. They have won 7 out of the 9 series that they have played thus far and just captured their third sweep of the season.
Those are some impressive accomplishments. Not just relative to expectations, but impressive entirely on their own merits.
As a fan, I don't see what I gain by caveating the Orioles accomplishments 28 games into the season. If I can't enjoy this moment and everything the O's have done so far in 2012, then what's the point? It might all come crashing down tomorrow, or next week, or a month from now. If that is the case, curbing my expectations and bracing myself for a collapse won't change any that. It would just mean not enjoying this great start and great place the team is at right now as much as I otherwise could have. That doesn't seem like fun.
Don't get me wrong - I am realistic in my assessment. I know the season is still young and I know there is a lot of baseball still to be played. That doesn't mean that I can't enjoy the fact that right now, on May 6th, the Orioles are the best team in Major League Baseball. For a team that many predicted would be "lucky" to match last year's win total of 69 games, that's something to celebrate.
I'll have a write up on today's game sometime tomorrow morning. For now, its off to bed to sleep and dream big.