It's been 17 years since followers of the Baltimore Orioles had to worry about altering their plans for mid-October, but local fans are happy to do it this season after the ballclub swept Detroit and advanced to the American League Championship Series.
As the Orioles get ready to play in the ACLS, orange fever permeates Baltimore County offices. Among die-hard fans are Anne Marie Humphries, who work's in the county executive's office, has decorated portraits of past county executives with O's garb.
As of 2013, 23.3 percent of Harford County's population of nearly 250,000 is 18 years old or younger, according to U.S. Census data, meaning almost a quarter of Harford's population has little to no memory of when the Baltimore Orioles made their last appearance in the American League Championship Series.
It's possible that the Kansas City Royals will go into the American League Championship Series against the Orioles with the same 25-man roster, including 11 pitchers, they used to sweep the Los Angeles Angels in the Division Series.
Call it karma or mojo or the most overused word in the sports lexicon -- destiny. There's going to be at least one team in the World Series this year that will have no logical explanation for its presence on baseball's biggest stage.
By now, you have probably heard about Eric Hosmer and a bunch of his teammates using social media to invite friends to a bar downtown. You probably heard about the champagne being sprayed and that Hosmer -- how cool is this? -- bought drinks for everyone there.
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris finally received the chance Sunday on a blistery afternoon at Comerica Park against the celebrated Detroit Tigers offense. He seized it, throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory, catapulting the Orioles into a second postseason round.
Three different times Buck Showalter made it to the American League Division Series ¿ with three different clubs ¿ and each time he lost: the 1995 New York Yankees, the 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks and the 2012 Orioles.
The Orioles are one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series as they prepare to face the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.
The Orioles just toppled two Cy Young Award winners to move to the threshold of the American League Championship Series and the Wild-Card Kansas City Royals have turned baseball convention on its head to win three straight extra-inning games, the last two to push the winningest team in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels, to the brink of elimination.
Because he has spent most of his six-season career with the Houston Astros, Orioles right-hander Bud Norris has never had the opportunity to pitch in the postseason. That changes Sunday, when Norris will start Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers.
The Orioles released their roster for the American League Division Series on Thursday morning and a couple of the team's left-handed mainstays are going to spend the next several days in a cheerleading role.
The Orioles have hit at least 200 home runs in three straight seasons for the first time in franchise history. But as the club embarks on its second playoff run in three years, there is a question whether their biggest offensive weapon will work in the postseason.