After the Orioles' season ended Wednesday, Buck Showalter's words were slow and his eyes were glassy when describing the feeling of coming so close to bringing the World Series to Baltimore for the first time in 31 years.
The Orioles' "We Won't Stop" season finally came to a screeching halt Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium when the won't-be-beat Kansas City Royals won another nailbiter, 2-1, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
Even if the Orioles end up losing to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series this week, there's a sense that the experience itself will help the club going forward -- especially for the younger players who didn't participate in the 2012 postseason.
The steady rain that postponed Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was just what the doctor ordered for an Orioles team that could use a little celestial intervention to cool off the sizzling Kansas City Royals.
As he pondered the notion that the Orioles had yet to lead a game as they drifted behind the Royals 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter stressed Saturday what it had taken just to tie each game.
The Orioles will attempt an unprecedented climb out of a 2-0 hole as the American League Championship Series shifts to Kauffman Stadium. It won't be easy because the Kansas City Royals are a team brimming with confidence.
The forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of rain during the day and a 90 percent chance of rain on Monday night in the Kansas City area. If Mother Nature makes it impossible to get the game in, the same scenario will apply that was in play in Baltimore.
For the second consecutive evening, it took more than four hours to determine an outcome in the biggest games at Camden Yards in 17 years. And for the second straight night, it ended poorly for the Orioles, who again saw a formidable bullpen crack in a 6-4 loss to the Royals.
Having spent their entire careers in cavernous Kauffman Stadium and the spacious ballparks of the American League Central, longtime Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon and Billy Butler always have welcomed trips to the comparatively cozy Camden Yards.
Mike Boddicker has a World Series ring from the Orioles, whom the right-hander helped win it all in 1983. On Friday, however, he'll wear a Kansas City Royals T-shirt to watch the start of the American League Championship Series.
There are more similarities between the Orioles and their American League Championship Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals, than not -- they both have solid pitching, stellar bullpens and play exemplary defense -- but the way they score runs is completely different.
Despite two rain delays and an uneven but effective performance by starter Chris Tillman, the Orioles had a chance against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. But they turned in their weakest offensive performance of the season in a 1-0 loss.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hit two three-run homers, including one off Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in the fifth inning, to give Kansas City an 8-6 victory and a split in the four-game series.