Is it too soon to be excited about the Orioles?

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Is it too soon to be excited about the Orioles?

The team has experienced 14 consecutive losing seasons.

In 2005, their record was one game better than it is now after 37 games; nevertheless, they finished the season 14 games under .500 and 21 back of the first-place Yankees.

Recent history tells us to temper our enthusiasm, right?

Actually, recent history tells us to enjoy every moment of this ride for however long it lasts.

Since 1998, this is only the fifth time that the Orioles have had a winning record after 37 games. That's five times in 15 seasons. In two of those five seasons, the O's were only one game over .500 after 37 games. Overall, the Birds are 265-290 with a .477 win percentage after 37 games between 1998 and 2012.

So it's a big deal that the Orioles have a winning record right now.

The O's are currently tied for first place in the American League East. It's only the second time since 1998 that the team has been in first place after 37 games.  In fact, it's only the fifth time since 1998 that the team has been within five games of first place at this point in the season.

So it's a big deal that the Orioles are in first place right now.

We can worry about what happens from here, but we can neither predict nor control it. So let's settle on this: 23-14 is fun. It's the best things have been in these parts for most of the past decade and a half. If you've stuck with this team through thick and, mostly, thin, you deserve to enjoy this moment.

Bu just for fun, consider this: the Orioles' 23-14 record matches their start from the 1983 season - i.e. the last time they won the World Series.

Orioles record after 37 games, 1998-2012

23-14, tied for first place (2012)

17-20, 5.5 games back (2011)

12-25, 13.5 games back (2010)

16-21, 8 games back (2009)

19-18, 3.5 games back (2008)

18-19, 7 games back (2007)

17-20, 5.5 games back (2006)

24-13, 2 games up (2005)

20-17, 2.5 games back (2004)

18-19, 8 games back (2003)

18-19, 8.5 games back (2002)

15-22, 7 games back (2001)

16-21, 7.5 games back (2000)

13-24, 8.5 games back (1999)

19-18, 8.5 games back (1998)

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