Christine Stevenson, of Bel Air, looks through Orioles 2014 American League East Champion shirts at Dick's Sporting Goods Wednesday.
Christine Stevenson, of Bel Air, looks through Orioles 2014 American League East Champion shirts at Dick's Sporting Goods Wednesday. (ERIKA BUTLER | AEGIS STAFF, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

It may not have been the rush like when the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013, but Orioles fans were out in force in Harford County Wednesday buying gear to celebrate the Birds' 2014 American League East division title.

A "good amount" of people were waiting outside Dick's Sporting goods in Bel Air Wednesday morning for their championship gear, store manager Matt Murray said.


"They wanted to grab a shirt or hat before they went to work," Murray said, adding that Dick's had opened an hour early, at 8 a.m., in anticipation.

The store didn't stay open late after Tuesday's night title clinching victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but Murray said it would "when" the Orioles win the World Series.

Among the fans at the Bel Air store later Wednesday morning was Bruce Klingmeyer of Bel Air, "because I'm a fan," he said.

Klingmeyer, who said he's been an Orioles fan forever, wanted to celebrate his team's title win – its first division crown since 1997.

"It was great," he said of Tuesday's win. "It was a little like New Year's Eve with all the celebrating."

The long-time fan, who is leaving for Cincinnati Thursday, said he wanted to get a shirt for his trip.

"I can say 'Look what we did,' and wear it with pride," he said.

Klingmeyer said it looked like the Orioles had potential last year and he had a lot of hope, but "this year the team really came together; they're really on their game, so to speak."

"I'm hoping they go all the way," Klingmeyer said. "As long as they're on top, it doesn't matter who they play.

Christine Stevenson attended Tuesday's division winning game with her husband, Mike, and their kids, Brian and Taylor.

"The atmosphere was incredible," said Stevenson, who was at Dick's Wednesday buying hats and shirts. "Everybody was so into it. I've never seen Camden Yards so full of energy. Usually it's kind of stuffy, but everyone was doing the wave and rocking with the O's"

The division title is "super special," she said, "considering the fact the last few years have been such a down."

"It's great to have the fans back and baseball back," Stevenson said.

The two shirts and two hats she bought, she said, will last until the Orioles win the World Series, and then she'll be back buying new merchandise that says "World Series Champions."


Holly Kravec, wearing an Orioles shirt, was buying a shirt for her son, a graduate student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and waiting for him to tell her what color he wanted.

"I think it's awesome. The city really just needed it," she said. "It's something to look forward to and something to be excited about."

Buying a T-shirt was part of helping to celebrate the Orioles division win Tuesday night, David Santoni, of Joppa said.

"It's awesome, it's great," he said. "I remember the days, how it was back when. To bring it back again is great for the city, for the state."

Kim Spence, who is chief of budget for Harford County government, was picking up a shirt for her husband, but said she's particularly excited about the Orioles title for her father, a die-hard fan who has an Orioles room in his house.

What's in it?

"Everything. Even a Boog Powell standup," she said, adding the room is painted black and orange.

Her dad, Charlie Eberhardt, and her son, Brad Spence, have been going to Orioles games together since Brad, who's 34, was 12 years old, "So it's special."

Eberhardt has a 13-game season ticket plan, and he and Brad Spence were going to Wednesday's game, the Orioles' first as 2014 American League East champions.

Brad Spence is such an Orioles fan that his children have Orioles-related names. Palmer is 5 and Emory (the street where Babe Ruth was born) is 2.

Spence was shopping with Wanda Butrim, of Forest Hill, who works in her office. Butrim was buying shirts to send to her children in Florida.

The staff at Dick's was at the store extra early Wednesday morning to set up the new merchandise, including manager Murray, who was at the game the night before.

"It's all exciting. The customers are excited to see the Orioles clinch and go to the playoffs," he said.

The stadium was full of energy "and you could just feel how bad Baltimore wanted it," the Bel Air resident said. "It was a good time, great. Last night was a great feeling."