Great Baltimore comebacks [Pictures]
Everybody loves a comeback. And we've had quite a few in the past year or so. Against all odds, the Grand Prix is back with new owners and a major sponsor. Denise Whiting, whose trademark of the word "hon" cost her dearly, managed a total turnaround, thanks in no small part to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Even Power Plant Live, long a punch line for serious Baltimore drinkers, has a new look and a fresh lease on life.
Here are seven of the more spectacular turnarounds of the past 12-odd months, as well as things we wish would come back, and a few items we'd never like to see again.
-- By Sam Sessa, Jordan Bartel, Wesley Case and Brandon Weigel
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Orioles optimism( Gene Sweeney Jr., The Baltimore Sun )
These days, you can go to almost any Baltimore bar during an Orioles game and find people cheering on the Birds between sips of Natty Boh. In truth, it took a little convincing. Everybody has been waiting for the slide, the moment where everything unravels as it has in years past. Not this time. And with September just days away, it's reasonable to think it won't ever come.
From the start, the 2012 Orioles have kept their cool. They lose a series, and it seems like they come right back and win the next one. They've done all this with a roster that seems permanently in flux, whether through injuries, free agent signings or shuttling guys back and forth between the majors and minors.
Even with all of the maneuvering, the team's never-say-die attitude has given Baltimoreans a team they can be happy to call their own -- something that couldn't be said for years.