Remember when the Orioles won the World Series? I can't. That may be because I wasn't alive when the Orioles were last world champions, but there was once a time when the Orioles were among the greatest in the sport.
I've lived most of my life with the Orioles being below .500. I have suffered through each of the 14 consecutive losing seasons with my father. Each year, I defend my Orioles as if they could beat the Yankees and the Red Sox and take home the AL East crown, mostly due to fan blindness.
For the Orioles to compete, they'll need to do a lot, but the biggest key is time. It will happen eventually. I just hope it doesn't take as long as it did for the Red Sox and Cubs.
Here are five ways that the Orioles could compete with the real contenders.