"It's been a long time since I've said this," he said. "But is it April yet?"

Costello is also considering a trip to Sarasota for his first glimpse of the club's spring training facility. Officials from the club's Florida home said they're not yet sure what kind of tourism bump they might see based on the 2012 performance.

"Certainly, people down here are excited in general because they had such a great year," said Nicole Rissler, director of sports for the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Other existing season-ticket holders said they'll likely increase their orders for next season when renewal forms arrive in early January.

"I use many of the tickets for client entertainment, and when the Orioles were struggling it was difficult to even give them away," said Mark Eisner of Sykesville, a season-ticket holder since 1984. "Last year, client interest ticked upward, but the interest of my own family increased even more. Bowing to pressure from my kids, our plan renewal this year likely will entail more seats and more games."

There's a question many fans are probably asking: Will new revenue generated by better performance allow the team to spend more on players?

"It's hard to tell," Bader said. "The payroll is going to go up significantly, even without adding new players, just based on our existing players reaching arbitration. We're hoping to be able to drive revenues, but it's a little early to say. … We're optimistic."

At Robbie's First Base, Davis said there's no question the club's success made his holiday season more cheerful. He has never experienced a year when both the Orioles and Ravens were good.

In the last month, he said, the shop has probably sold three-dozen autographed balls each for Orioles stars such as Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters.

"We would sell stuff from guys like that anyway, but not like this," Davis said. "What's really different this year is that people also want stuff from J.J. Hardy or Nate McLouth. You know, nobody was buying balls autographed by Chris Davis in April. Now, people are calling me up and asking if I have them."

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