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Nats-Orioles World Series

Dan Steinberg is on vacation. Despite his massive photo above, this was not written by him. It was written by the bizarre individual behind The Wayward Oriole, which you must read. Other guest bloggers will check in all week. Also, tomorrow, Thursday, will be one of the most magical days in D.C. Sports Bog history. If you want to guest blog, try e-mailing here. Anyhow, The Wayward O writes, and despite his obvious strangeness and hostility to standard punctuation and capitalization rules, please provide extra comments to make him feel at home:

wayward O had an epic-length dream -- its beginning set just weeks in future and its ending in early october of 2008 -- in which he was back living in DC. he was driving to camden for baseball game. his honda was cruising north on bw parkway, a/c battling late july heat. orioles had just traded fireballer daniel cabrera to texas for mark texeira throwing in jay gibbons and $3 million to play string at first base for rangers.

buzz was loud in crabtown! puffy clouds danced over dundalk! not even peyton manning showing up at minicamp could bump baseball from radio!

then bulletin came over airwaves ... orioles had made yet another deal, this time with nationals: orioles were sending melvin mora and first-round draft pick matt wieters to nationals for ryan zimmerman. mora waived no-trade clause because of proximity of dc club to quintuplets and desire to play head-to-head against other venezuelan third baseman in NL East, miguel cabrera, in order to finally find out who's real hugo chavez of hot

with adam loewen coming back, the rent-a-pen finding its feet and with orioles lineup now including zimmerman and texeira, orioles were starting to hammer on all cylinders at end of 2007 and ... wow the future was bright for 2008. even corey patterson was getting on base!!!!

like wayward O said, this was a dream...

wayward O's dream extended into off-season and more surprises were in store: washington nationals' newly healed first baseman nick johnson and 2007 comeback player of year dmitri young holed up in a super-intensive baseball & fitness camp and both came back ripped, taut and ready for 2008 DC campaign. also ross detweiler made huge strides in offseason, john patterson spent winter in mothering hut and came back ready and chad
cordero decided nationals' baseball was in his blood and decided to sign, flat brim and all, for another contract go around.

as wayward O snoozed away, and 2008 season started in his dreamz, things started to get interesting. orioles were hammering away at hideous, depleted yankee organization, hanging tough with boston and finally getting interleague wins.

even more of a dream-land surprise were nats, with melvin "something to prove again" mora playing hard, nick and dmitri hitting home runs and pitching staff locking down games, nats were out to a hot start vs. oldsters on mets and phillies and also holding own with rest of National League.

regular season interleague matchups between the two teams were getting lots of play in national media! FOX even took on on television! there was a BIG TO-DO over an alleged "hand gesture" mora may or may not have made
at the fans way back in section 80 of camden after chants of "melmo" reached peak during rubber match.

(TWP Photo)

by july 2008 it was really starting to get a bit crazy in the bw corridor. all-star game featured many orioles and nationals! brian roberts, young, texeira and patterson to name a few. Os were solidly ahead in AL East and looking to cruise into playoffs. and nats too were walking on air, well ahead of weak NL East competitors and thinking about october. manny acta and dave trembley were pleasant surprises and cultivated aura of pride and winning.

sports yackers tony kornheiser, tom boswell and peter schmuck were all terrified to even mention the possibility .... of the fall classic featuring each team.

only downside from Os perspective of sending wieters to nats was wieters was proving himself to be a natural. if ramon hernandez weren't having a big walk year, disappointment would be palpable in land of pleasant living. nevertheless there was lots of grumbling from Os curmudgeons on roch kubatko's blog!!

[wayward O starts awake as horn honking rattles brooklyn street ... he drinks blue gatorade and promptly falls back asleep a few weeks later on in dream...]

dream picks up with Os having vanquished mariners in wild card, a la 1997, and having topped angels in epic ALCS that went six games and featured nick markakis in a night-time mission to have special tzadziki plate blessed by greek gods and feeding magic sauce to pitcher erik bedard, who K's sixteen angels in amazing game four in anaheim, putting Os up three games to one. but that's not all, mora and his amazing nationals dispose of milwaukee brewers in first round and then melvin bats .430 in NLCS vs. hated marlins with four home runs and 12 rbis to propel nats to sweep.

and now, in dream of course, there is only one thing left to come....


fox sets up cameras. jeannie zelasko puts chopsticks in hair to affect new-style look. kevin kennedy sets up shop at top of waterfront marriott with case of bourbon and dominos hotline and amber theoharris' head continues to grow physically larger with each passing moment as baseball world turns laser focus on


john "kick 'em when they're down" kruk says world series is "illegitimate" and refuses to anchor baseball tonight desk until yankees and cardinals start winning again.

peter angelos is finally seen in public for first time since 1998. he orders "SHOTS for everybody" at harborplace phillips crab restaurant but then refuses to pay bill, saying his exclamation did not amount to binding, legal contract.

(Jeff Chiu - AP)

sure enough ... on 4 october 2008, the first pitch in the Baltimore Orioles vs. Washington National World Series is thrown!

[wayward O wakes as alarm clocks sounds ... and dream vanishes like a genie who's just been insulted by an upstart bottle-rubber. he rubs eyes, pours cup of coffee and wonders ....... WHO WOULD HAVE WON?]

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 18, 2007; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  Nats , Orioles  
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