The Orioles enter the month of July in a familiar position, buried deep in the AL East and staring up at .500 like it's the Berlin Wall. And yet, O's fans are feeling a very unfamiliar sense of excitement as the All-Star break approaches.
An influx of exciting young prospects—left fielder Nolan Reimold, catcher Matt Wieters and pitcher Brad Bergesen, to name a few—have energized a franchise that’s been in a decade-long limbo between rebuilding and contending.
At last, it’s fun to be an O's fan again.
Of course, "fun" is a relative term—the Birds are likely heading towards their 12th straight losing season. But with new prospects being unveiled almost on a weekly basis, this is the most compelling chapter in O's baseball since Armando Benitez burst our World Series bubble in 1997.
Here is my mid-season assessment of the 2009 Orioles.