Vanschaick said she was definitely surprised the have gotten as far as they have.

"I thought this was a year that we would be happy that they did [a record of] 500, and it's very exciting," she said.

She was confident about them making it to the World Series as well.

"I really, really want them to," she said, adding it still might be hard because a team like the Texas Rangers, a likely contender were the O's to go to the playoffs, might come "back really tough."


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Vanschaick said co-workers and people around town are buzzing about the team's success.

"Everybody is really excited about it," she noted.

Sisters Lora and Nancy Graves moved to Bel Air from Union Hill, Ala., about two years ago, and they, too, are thrilled about the Birds' record.

They said Walmart, where they both work, has been filled with Orioles enthusiasts.

"It's like an ocean of orange," Nancy Graves, who was very optimistic about the team's prospects, said.

"They are going to go all the way," she said.

Lora Graves said she has only been able to go to one game but is happy to support the Orioles, as well as her native Alabama Crimson Tide football team, the Ravens and the University of Maryland Terrapins.

"I am just happy and proud of them, and I want them to go all the way to the World Series," Lora Graves said eagerly. "They are the team to watch; they are the team to beat."

"I have been trying to follow them all I can on TV," she said. "I started rooting for them last year, even when their record wasn't the best."

"I think maybe it's just their time," she said about their newfound glory. "You know, that right place, right time?"

Dave Price, who was at the Tower bar on Main Street, said he thought the Orioles manager would have taken longer to turn the team around.

"I think the real [reason] is Buck Showalter. That was his forte," Price said. "I thought it would take him longer than three years."

Price said he went to two games this year, which is "two more than usual."

Susan Geslois, of Bel Air, said she has not followed the Orioles closely in a long time but is happy for them.

"I am excited for them. I think it's great, because it's been so long since they have done anything like this," she said, explaining she mostly did not enjoy going into the city.

"I like baseball a lot, but the reason I really haven't followed them a lot is because I don't like going to Baltimore," she said.

Geslois has nevertheless heard "a lot of buzz" about the Birds and said friends are talking about the team.

"It's a good thing," she said.