The game itself was an instant classic, but the indelible memory from last season's finale was not one, but two piles of Orioles players — one at home plate, one near second base — celebrating a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The loss and a Tampa Bay Rays win knocked the Red Sox out of playoff contention. That was reason enough for the Orioles to celebrate like Little Leaguers. Nolan Reimold was swarmed at home plate, and Robert Andino, who had the game-winning hit, was accosted on his way to second base after Reimold scored. The fans who endured a rain delay and had to stay until midnight for the dramatic conclusion went crazy. Unofficially, it was the greatest celebration by a last-place club in baseball history.
Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. (left); Getty photo