Calm down, calm down, it was only the Kings Arms, Blackpool! We have seen this before. A young player has one good game and suddenly he is being compared with the greats. Look at Freddie Sears!
That said, the boy looked good didn't he? True Blackpool were a mess at the back, with Baldock's second literally gift wrapped as tangerine defenders stood around awkwardly like a bunch of paedophile uncles at Christmas as Little Sam opened his present, but the way he took his first screamed quality.
Imagine, for a moment, Carlton clean through like Baldock. Or Sears. Or Piquionne. Or Boa. Or Robbie Keane in a West Ham shirt. We haven't created many chances like that over the last three years, but when we have, most have been missed. It looks easy, but knees turn to jelly, the head spins and panic suffocates the striker's advantage. We will all have our own memories of the missed ones: Cole against Chelsea stands out for me.
But Baldock looked composed. He held his run brilliantly to beat the off side trap and when clean through, he looked up, assessed, and buried the chance beautifully. As Zola discovered with Cole, you can't coach that composure. It is innate. Baldock will miss some - all strikers do - but he will score more than he misses because he is a natural.
It is one game. Blackpool were shocking at the back. Much bigger challenges lie ahead. But Baldock has started well and, in this division at least, looks the part. He may not be the new Michael Owen, but he could just be the new Tony Cottee!