Caleb Joseph on Orioles amid disastrous season: ‘We suck’
Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph did not hold back by any stretch when weighing in recently on a season that has been an utter and unmitigated disaster, saying, “We suck,” among other harsh criticisms.
The Orioles entered Monday’s action with the worst record in the majors by a wide margin. With the day’s 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles (43-107) tied the franchise mark for the most losses ever in a season and shockingly sit an unbelievable 60 games back in the AL East.
Nothing has obviously gone right for the O’s during this nightmarish campaign. And Joseph, a 32-year-old veteran, made it clear that if any member of the organization is not looking inwardly over their role in the debacle, they should be sent packing.
“I’ll tell you this. I’ve never seen sports teams survive seasons like this without people losing jobs, period. Players, you name it,” Joseph told The Athletic’s Dan Connolly (subscription required) ahead of Monday’s record-breaking loss. “It’s a privilege to be here, but you don’t lose a record number of games and not expect some retribution. Everybody. Every single locker in here should be thinking, ‘You know, I should be fired because I sucked. Period.’”
Fans not surprisingly have not been attending games in droves at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this season. Joseph understands why.
“I don’t blame (the fans) at all. I’ve been through really bad seasons in professional sports as a fan in Nashville. It’s not motivating,” Joesph stated. “Of course, I don’t blame them at all (for not attending games). We suck.”
The Orioles, with 12 games remaining, are on pace to post one of the worst seasons Major League Baseball has seen in 75 years. As noted by Yahoo Sports, the Orioles’ current .287 win percentage would only top three other teams’ putrid performances since 1943 by that statistical measurement.
“Losing absolutely wears on you and when you’ve done it as often as we have, sadly, it almost becomes the norm,” Joseph said. “And that’s absolutely unacceptable.”