"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.