In my first meeting with Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette back in January, he talked about appreciating Baltimore's rich baseball history and realizing that fans in this city were hungry for a winner.
He talked about learning from the legendary Harry Dalton, who built the Orioles' dynasty teams from 1966 to '71. Duquette's first major league job was working under Dalton in Milwaukee.
So Duquette could appreciate the excitement of Sunday's first postseason game in Baltimore in 15 years.
“The year’s been a lot of fun and it’s been nice to see the fans reconnect with their team in Baltimore. It’s good for everybody,” Duquette said. "It was great. The fans were out. There was all this pent-up emotion for the team. I think people were glad to see [postseason] baseball back in Baltimore.”
When Duquette was hired this offseason, he said the goal was to field a .500 team. He obviously exceeded those expectations, fielding a team that went to the playoffs for the first time since 1997.
“I expected we’d have a competitive team and that we’d be able to compete year in and year out,” Duquette said. “We did everything we could to do our best and have our best team out there for every game. It generated a winning season.”
As for seeing a packed house remain after a 2-hour, 26-minute delay on Sunday?
“That was commendable,” he said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun