With husband and dad James, the Locust Point family headed Saturday to the Fort Avenue Starbucks, reveling in the morning-after glow of the Orioles Wild Card victory. Topic A: Baby-sitter for Brandon so Mom and Dad can go to the long-awaited Division Series.
Throughout Orioles Nation, one sentiment continually emerged: how lovably scrappy this team is, and how great it is to cheer them onward.
"This team, they're something special," said Brian Kartel, 41, of Federal Hill, who followed up watching Friday night's game at Mother's with a Saturday shopping trip for his daughter's Halloween costume.
"They exemplify the best of baseball," said Susan Kaiser, 57, who with her brother Robert, 55, and poodle, Benny, 5, walked around Camden Yards' legends sculpture garden Saturday afternoon. "They sacrifice for the good of the team."
"They pick each other up," agreed Robert Kaiser, a geriatrics physician. "This is just an amazing team, and they're so much fun to watch."
With the Eutaw Street plaza open, a sprinkling of fans shopped souvenir stores and watched the team workouts, many seemingly blissed out to have the park largely to themselves in the calm before Sunday's storm.
But already, area businesses have started enjoying the bounty that the postseason will bring. Bars have been packed for the games, and hotels and stores are getting some action as well.
"We don't have hard numbers, but what we do have is a lot of buzz," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. "There is a buzz and excitement in hotels, restaurants, and even in the retail shops in and around downtown as we anticipate the playoff games."
The city typically receives an economic boost when the Orioles play Boston or, as they will Sundayand Monday, New York, said Tom Noonan, president & CEO of Visit Baltimore.
"Rates go up $20 to $50 a night for Red Sox games and up to $70 for Yankees games," he said, referring to data from the past five years of regular season games. "I guarantee you that hotels were really excited that the O's won. That means that people are going to come."
The uncertainty created by the Orioles' end-of-season win can only help businesses such as hotels and airlines who can now charge a premium for last-minute bookings, according to Noonan.
Tina Lavelle, general manager of the newly opened Townhouse Kitchen and Bar in Harbor East, may be a New York native, but even she is pulling for the O's.
"Our bar was packed 10 deep all night," Lavelle said. "The bar was literally chanting 'Orioles' the whole night. The energy was crazy.
"The friendliness and good energy is what we all needed in Baltimore," she said. "Our business is booming. We're expecting to ride this wave with the Orioles until they win the World Series."
Sun reporters Erica L. Green and John-John Williams IV contributed to this article.