If the much touted promise of Brad Bergesen, Brian Matusz, and company is real, we'll know. If Jeremy Guthrie can quit losing games, we'll know. If Adam Jones can build on his Gold Glove and if Matt Wieters really can walk on water, we'll know. If guys like Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Kevin Millwood, and now Julio Lugo can step up and be the veteran leaders these youngsters need, we'll know it. April is going to test the mettle of the entire squad, and by this time in May, we should have a pretty good idea of what we're in for in 2010.
Despite all my doubts and fears and frustrations, despite the bitterness of a dozen years, I know just what I'll be doing this week. I'll go into my closet and find that T-shirt with the cartoon bird. I'll dust off my black and orange hat and wear it while I read The Thrill of the Grass by W.P. Kinsella, because it's the greatest baseball story ever written. And each night in the coming week, I'll click on that TV, ignore the MASN smokescreen, and settle in for another Baltimore baseball season. The bad days can't last forever, and maybe this year we'll start to make that true.