The Baltimore Orioles . . . America's team?

ESPN is running a reader's poll today on which team will win the AL East:

I kind of liked it better when nobody thought we had a chance.  Flying under the radar is something I am used to.  I liked it better earlier in the season when the Orioles owned one of the wild card spots, were eight or more games ahead of the Red Sox, and were still given 5% odds of making the playoffs to Boston’s 50% odds.  Those were the days . . .

Now?  Now I don’t quite know how to deal with these . . . these expectations.  I am much more comfortable when the team is being trashed.

Although I guess I can live with that pressure.  It beats the alternative of having your state vote for another team over their own team to win the division.  Get it together, Florida.