Let’s get the sound effects going, Phil Collins singing “Tonight’s The Night”. But, will everything be truly alright? Catch up with me about 10PM and I’ll tell you.
It’s been way too long since the Orioles have had a pitcher truly walk out to the mound with the self confidence that shouts to his teammates “Hey, hop on board, we’re going for a little ride”.
Tonight’s starting pitcher is Jake Arrieta is just such a guy. Jeremy Guthrie and Erik Bedard both had the quality stuff, but lacked anywhere near the intensity it takes to be THAT GUY.
Make no mistake, even if Arrieta pitches the way he needs to, there is no guarantee of victory tonight against the Texas Rangers and their hugely talented starter- Neftali Feliz.
But 7 or 8 out of 10 times, Arrieta won’t be facing a line-up as talented, nor an adversary as tough. So, win, lose or draw, this is only about him sending a message.
Not so much the opposition, rather to his teammates. Tonight is the Night. Indeed.