“How ’bout dem O’s, hon?!” “Go to War Miss Agnes!” Come to my house when the Baltimore Orioles are on TV and this is what you’re likely to hear. I’m not sure why, but those are two of my dad’s favorite sayings and supposedly were popular in the city back in the 70′s when the Orioles had played in a few World Series.
Recently, my beloved hometown baseball team, the O’s, have been shocking the world and made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. To put this into perspective, the last time the Orioles were decent I was only six years old. And yet somehow I’m still an avid fan. The past few months have been something that I’ll always remember. My dad even managed to get tickets for the playoff series this past weekend in Baltimore.
I told myself no matter what, I had to go back home and see a game. Fortunately, the start of the American League Divisional round started on a Sunday night so I was able to go back for the game. I know I kind of sound like a nerd or a crazy fanatic but to me this was one of the most awesome and memorable experiences. It’s something I can tell my grand kids (hopefully they become Oriole fans haha).
So on Sunday night, October 6, 2012, the Orioles played the New York Yankees for my first ever playoff baseball game. 47,000 crazy O’s fans swinging their orange rally towels, rooting their team is a memory I’ll never forget.
Below is a picture my friend took of Oriole Park at Camden Yards that night.
Unfortunately, the O’s lost that night. It was a close game until the Yankees broke it open in the ninth inning. Regardless, I was happy I went back . I could tell my dad was pleased I was there with him, I guess it’s that sort of father-son bond that only we could experience. However, we were able to beat the hated Yanks the next day, and evened the series at one game a piece. Tonight, being back in Harrisonburg for school, I was able to watch the game on TBS. They played in New York and was a great pitching duel. Eventually going into extra innings, the O’s blew it, losing 3-2 on a walk-off home run. I’m hoping they can still pull it out, but regardless of what happens in the rest of the playoffs, it’s been one hell of a run. Go O’s.