The George Howard Building in Ellicott City, home to much of the Howard County government, is glowing orange this week in tribute to the Baltimore Orioles, who won the American League's wild-card playoff game Friday night against the Texas Rangers to advance in the playoffs.
County Executive Ken Ulman ordered the building lit in orange (the Orioles colors are orange and black) on Friday. He said the building "will glow with the team colors to show our support until this magical season ends, and/or (manager) Buck Showalter smiles."
In the past few years, the Howard Building has been lit up in purple frequently — when the Baltimore Ravens have been in the playfoffs. Until this year, however, the Orioles had not made the playoffs since 1997.
After beating the Rangers, the Orioles opened a best-of-five series Sunday, in Baltimore, against the New York Yankees.
The Yankees beat the O's in the opener, 7-2., but the Orioles won the second game, 3-2. The series resumes Wednesday in New York.
"The O's have been awesome all season long; their 'never give up' attitude has given the entire state a reason to believe for 162 games," Ulman said.