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.
"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.
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.