Now that the Birds are in the American League playoffs for the first time in 15 years, many people in Bel Air are even willing to seriously entertain the notion, for the first time in recent memory, that the O's could make it to the World Series.
Bel Air town commissioner Dave Carey, who went to games Friday and last Monday, called the winning streak "exciting."
"It's nice to see Baltimore be a baseball town again," Carey said while having lunch at The Dark Horse on Monday. "The buzz is back. Camden Yards, for a lot of games, has been really depressing. It's great to go down there and feel excited."
The Orioles, who are tied with the Yankees for the American League East lead, are headed for their potential divisional tie-breaker Thursday. If they lose the tie-breaker, they would face a wild card showdown on Friday in either Baltimore, Oakland or Arlington, Texas.
"It's just incredible," Carey, a longtime baseball fan, said. "I am a big O's fan and I follow them win or lose."
He was impressed by their new record this summer.
"Ninety-two wins; they are one of the best teams," he said incredulously. "I thought 80 wins was a good season."
Carey thought the Birds simply decided to finally step up their game.
"Fourteen years of losing takes its toll," he said, referring to the last time the team was in the playoffs. "Since 1997, Baltimore was a football town, and now it's back."
Jim Winner, of Bel Air, was at the bar in Looney's and said he has also noticed a difference since the Orioles started improving.
"Nobody offers you free tickets anymore," Winner observed. "It's rather remarkable."
A Philadelphia native, Winner said he follows both the Phillies and Orioles but is glad to see the Birds doing better.
Asked if he was surprised they are playing that well, he answered: "From the beginning of the year, yes. From the All-Star break, no."
He was referring to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in July, when the Orioles had more than the obligatory one representative.
Winner said he has gone to three or four games this year and was one of those who "absolutely" thought the O's could go to the World Series.
"They are going to be hard to beat," he said, adding he attributes the success to their pitchers, both relief and otherwise.
"Their bullpen is the reason why they are there – and good starting pitching," Winner said.
Sophia Vanschaick, of Abingdon, was wearing an orange shirt with catcher Matt Wieters' number, 32, as she walked down Main Street.
"I have been an O's fan for a good 17, 18 years, so I have been waiting for this for a long time now," she said excitedly about the Orioles' accomplishment.