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'Why Not?' buzz: 1989 soundbites

September 29, 2009

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Here's a sampling of what was being said as the Orioles' 1989 season came down to the wire, concluding with the final series against the Blue Jays in Toronto to decide the American League East title.

"It's going to Canada." - Reliever Brian Holton

"We want to win. Whether we were expected to be here or not, the fact of the matter is, we have a chance." - Shortstop Cal Ripken Jr

"Baltimore Orioles. Please hold." - Ticket sellers on the first day of playoff sales

"It's a lot of fun. You don't know as a player or as a fan if you're ever going to be in this situation again. Why not enjoy it?" - Catcher Mickey Tettleton

"I just sat here and redialed for two hours. I read the paper, some magazines, I ate chocolate cake and I played with my daughter." - Fan Barbara McCord

"If there was a catbird's seat, the Orioles are in it." Minnesota general manager Andy MacPhail

"I'd like to be three games up. But I have no quarrels about where we are." Manager Frank Robinson

"The Orioles are just another U.S. team trying to break our hearts." CLIQ-FM sports director John Gallagher

"Baltimore has nothing to lose. It's a Cinderella year. " Milwaukee general manager Harry Dalton

"I, for one, hope it goes to a playoff [game]. That would be the best possible way to end it." Tigers manager Sparky Anderson

"It's not the way you want it to be, but that's the way it is and you have to deal with it." Blue Jays pitcher (and former and future Oriole) Mike Flanagan

-Candus Thomson