by Colin Donohue
I was browsing the Interwebs, and I stumbled upon this week’s sign of the apolalypse in one of the many series of Intergoogle tubes. The Baltimore Orioles–yes, this year’s version of the O’s, the 2009 squad–was the feature story on the home page of ESPN.com. I was flabbergasted, and I don’t use that work lightly. Hell, I hardly use it at all. But there they were. Or more specifically, the three young outfielders–Nolan Reimold (25 years old), Adam Jones (23) and Nick Markakis (25), were featured. Jerry Crasnick, the author of the story, called them the best young outfield in the major leagues. Whaaaaa??? Of course, I agree with him. But the fact that a national media outlet targeted the Orioles and then heaped praise on them is, well, flabbergasting. Anyway, here’s the flabbergasterific screen capture of this wondrous, magnificent and potentially tectonic-plate shifting moment.
UPDATE: So I posted this little apocalyptic vision last night around 10. I got on the computer this morning around 7:30, and the story about the Orioles was no longer on the ESPN.com home page. And if you wanted to get to the story from the home page, you had to scroll to the right once, using the arrow underneath the main story. Not only that, the story also wasn’t the lead on the MLB page of ESPN.com. So as quickly as it was made featured content, it was pulled. Not sure how a front-page story about the Orioles slipped by the editors, but they quickly corrected their error.