It's remarkable what a salve winning can be. I'm referring to the love affair this city is having with their "other" birds, the Orioles. For the first time in 15 years we have a professional sports team besides our beloved Ravens to root for in October.

There are many closet Orioles fans who "came out" once the team started winning. I am proud to see them advance to the playoffs. Buck Showalter has inspired a team of has-beens, cast-offs, and no-name players, and Dan Duquette has taken a gamble to become a GM who, like his predecessor, is unconcerned about molding his baseball legacy. He's simply got the job done.

My dad, a lifelong Baltimore sports fan, passed away last winter. In one of our last conversations, I was complaining about the Orioles' losing ways. He reminded me about how appreciative I should be to have professional football and baseball teams in my home town.

I learned through him that we should be supportive of our teams through thick and thin. The Orioles' good fortunes will certainly not last forever. I wish people would drop the long-standing animosity many fans still have for Peter Angelos and get behind the baseball birds. They are certainly deserving of our unfettered support.

Thank you, Dad. As always, you were spot-on right.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham