The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team rolled out its version of a “We’re No. 1” T-shirt on Monday. On Tuesday, they lost to South Carolina.
Looks like the T-shirt jinx is more powerful than even the SI cover jinx.
This got me to thinking: What if the Orioles had created their own poorly timed “We’re No. 1” T-shirt during a brief perch atop the A.L. East standings?
Believe it or not, there have been opportunities during the past 12 seasons – other than 1999, 2001, 2002, or 2007 – for just such a design.
Perhaps the most ironic time to have created an Orioles T-shirt to cover one’s torso during a premature round of chest thumping would have been 2005.
Yes, that “memorable” 2005 season (Thanks, Raffy!) when the O’s spent more than 60 glorious days in first place. A June 23 loss to the Blue Jays started a free fall that ended with the Birds in fourth place, 21 games behind the division-winning New York Yankees.
A 2003 T-shirt would be particularly amusing. That season, the O’s held and lost the division lead before April showers had even started (March 31). One week later they were in last place.
Here are the other candidates from the O’s current streak of losing seasons:
2009: Final day in first place – April 14
2008: Final day in first place – April 29
2006: Final day in first place – April 6
2004: Final day in first place – April 23
2000: Final day in first place – April 9
1998: Final day in first place – April 19
Cue the Thompson Twins!