The Orioles jumped up to the top of the dugout steps when Nolan Reimold doubled to score Kyle Hudson in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night. They stormed the field a minute later when Robert Andino stunned the Red Sox with his game-winning single. Afterward, Andino gleefully talked about sending the Red Sox back to Boston with tears in their eyes. You can’t tell me this team didn’t embrace the spoiler role.
And for one night, Orioles magic was back in Baltimore as fans embraced the Orioles -- and the Rays, too -- and let the organization know that they're ready to cheer for a winning team whenever they feel like fielding one.
The Orioles, who also appeared to be living vicariously through the Rays, got rowdy while celebrating their 4-3 walk-off win. But it wasn’t like their celebration was that much rowdier than any of their other walk-off wins this season. The biggest difference on Wednesday that Felix Pie wasn’t around to scoop up Andino’s helmet.
But outside of Baltimore -- well at least up in Bristol, Conn., which last I checked is part of Red Sox Nation -- some are questioning whether the Orioles overdid their celebration Wednesday night. That was a topic on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" on Thursday morning, and the Twitter set has been debating the question, too.
I won’t go as far to say that this was Baltimore’s World Series. The players don’t feel that way, and winning this game, even if it had a playoff-type feel, didn’t scrub away the disappointment from another lost season. But it was an emotional season-ending win in an intense series against one of their biggest rivals. Why wouldn’t they enjoy it?
Your turn: Did the Orioles overdo their walk-off celebration?