Chaaahm City Blues (and Reds)
I've arbitrarily decided that the Orioles don't count for the D.C. Sports Bog, except in the case of rants against use of National Anthem "O" chants. But this Manny Ramirez thing on Saturday is worth an exception, for it would seem that the number of Red Sox fans in Baltimore are more numerous--or louder maybe--or more enthusiastic, at a minimum--than the Nationals fans in Washington.
Of course, Manny has 11 home runs, the exact same number the Washington Nationals various outfielders (Kearns, Milledge, Harris, Lopez, Mackowiak, Pena, Dukes) have managed in total, so you could maybe blame performance. But still, where do these people come from? Are there colonies of lobster shuckers in Elkton? Are there $20 Chinatown express buses that run from Boston to Baltimore? Are these frustrated Mid-Atlantickers grabbing on to baseball success wherever they can find it, said place not being in last-place Baltimore or last-place D.C.? Is the Baltimore Sun really going to choose this week to write about how Orioles fans are making their voices heard?
Robin Sigwart, her daughter Ashley and Ashley's boyfriend, Kevin Brown, qualify as experts on the nature of Orioles crowds. The Fullerton residents have attended dozens of games each of the past few seasons and are well on their way to doing the same in 2008.
This year's crowds aren't noticeably bigger, they said, but seem to stay deeper into games and cheer more enthusiastically.
Well, Sigwarts, I challenge you to watch some of the many Internet renditions of Manny's 500th and then praise the enthusiasm of the home fans. It's enough to make Oriole Magic feel sick: "This weekend it has been kind of demoralizing to be a Baltimore fan. If you were at Camden Yards and rooted for the black and the orange, you were outnumbered -- perhaps in the ratio of 80/20, or 85/15 in favor of the Boston fans."
No way, right? Impossible, right? Find me 15 percent of these fans who are rooting for the O's.
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