So, uh, Tuesday night didn’t go so well, did it? I don’t know about anyone else, but watching Dylan Bundy get blasted for 7 runs before a single out was recorded and subsequently seeing Mike Wright give up 3 more runs before the first inning was completed gave me some major flashbacks to the 30-3 game against the Texas Rangers in 2007.
I was at Camden Yards on that historic night. In fact, I was in a unique position during that game. You see, during that season I was an intern for the Orioles public relations department. During games, my job was to sit in the corner of the in-game entertainment booth, closely watch the game, and record on a spreadsheet the exact time during the game in which an exciting or memorable play occurred. We delivered these spreadsheets, along with a recording of the game, to different media outlets so that they could more easily show highlights from the game. Basically, I was in charge of creating Cliffs Notes for each game.
Needless to say, that August night was the busiest game of the year for me. It seemed like every time I thought I had caught up on my spreadsheet, another Rangers player was crossing the plate. Due to the nature of the job I had to do, and how closely I had to watch the game, I can vividly remember that day and that game. Some highlights that I’ll never forget:
· Just a few hours earlier, I remember I was attending my first press conference of the year as the Orioles announced that Dave Trembley would be returning to manage the Orioles in 2018. Oops. The optimism that surrounded that press conference was completely marred by the embarrassing loss that evening.
· Many people also forget that the Orioles actually held a 3-0 lead going into the 4th inning of the game. From the top of the 4th on, the Rangers outscored the Orioles 30-0.
· Oh, and finally, that game was actually the first game of a doubleheader. The Orioles would lose the second game 9-7. The Orioles were outscored by the Rangers 39-10 in a single day….talk about a bad day for Orioles baseball!
So while last night sucked – especially considering that it was Bundy that once again who got lit up – at least I was able to turn off the game once it got out of hand. That night in 2007, I had the honor of watching and documenting every single miserable pitch so that the local and national media could create highlight reels that are repeated every year when August 22nd rolls around and someone asks, “Do you remember when the Orioles lost that one game 30-3?”
Jamie Severt is a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan and current Canton resident. He lives with his wife, son, and dog, who all wonder why he has such an obsession with a team that lets him down so often. Follow Jamie on Twitter