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Clif and Caleb Collins stand beneath the giant Orioles logo that is painted on the side of their Sixth Street home in Old Town Laurel.
Clif and Caleb Collins stand beneath the giant Orioles logo that is painted on the side of their Sixth Street home in Old Town Laurel.

The Baltimore Orioles will try to protect their house when the American League Championship Series begins at Camden Yards Friday night.

Clif and Eileen Collins, of Old Town Laurel, meanwhile, decided to spruce up their own house.

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The Collins, along with son Caleb, 13, are longtime fans of the Orioles and had a 13-game season-ticket plan this season.

Clif Collins had been planning for several weeks to paint the exterior of their house, at the corner of Sixth and Prince George streets.

But with the success of the Orioles, who last made it to the ALCS in 1997, Collins decided to have Marel Painting give an orange and black twist in honor of the birds of Baltimore.

"My husband asked if it was something he could do. He was pretty emphatic that this is what he wanted," Eileen Collins said. "The painters were not sure if my husband was serious."

He was. He spoke to the painters on Monday about some sort of tribute to the Orioles and by Tuesday it was done.

The Collins have been attending Orioles games for about 10 years and Caleb, an eighth-grader at charter school Chesapeake Math and IT Academy in Laurel, plays baseball for his school team and for the Olney All-Stars, a travel team. Caleb has played catcher, third base and pitcher.

His parents have lived in the two-story Victorian since 1996, one year before the Orioles made their last appearance in the ALCS.

Clif Collins, who collects baseball memorabilia, is an English professor at Montgomery College in Rockville.

"I am interested in the Deadball Era, which was from 1900 to 1920," he said. "I have a lot of things that relate to that era and a lot of Orioles' stuff."

Collins grew up in Georgia as a fan of the Orioles and attended Clemson University in South Carolina. Because of his love of the Birds, he said, he moved to Maryland in 1985, two years after the last World Series title for the Orioles.

"When you are 23 you can do things like that," he said.

Eileen Collins is a self-employed licensed electrologist who works out of offices in Laurel and Columbia.

She and a friend plan to attend Game 1 on Friday, though rain is in the forecast. Clif and Caleb Collins plan to attend Game 2 on Saturday.

Although they live halfway between Baltimore and Washington, they did not become fans of the Nationals when baseball returned to Washington in 2005.

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"We are Orioles people. We did not jump ship" during some lean years, Eileen Collins said

When will the Collins paint over the baseball theme?

"After the Orioles win the World Series, we will," Clif Collins said.

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