For the first time in decades, Baltimoreans can wear the colors of two teams with equal pride. Orange one day, purple the next. A Ravens jersey with an Orioles cap. It wouldn't make the cover of GQ, but it captures the mood of the city — and harkens back to happy days of yore.
Gordon Huggins of Eldersburg celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Baltimore Orioles usher this year, and said this past week's playoff experience at Oriole Park at Camden Yards has been among the highlights of his tenure there.
The Orioles were just two outs away from taking a commanding 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. But a pair of solo homers by Raul Ibanez quickly reversed the roles and put the Orioles on the brink of elimination.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado led off the fifth inning Wednesday by hitting a slider from New York Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda into the visiting bullpen to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
Hundreds of Baltimore Orioles' fans donned their best orange wear and rallied in front of City Hall Wednesday, hoping their joyful noise would reach the team preparing to take on the Yankees in New York City.
With the Baltimore Orioles on the verge of Game 3 against New York on Wednesday night in the Bronx, the return of the Birds to baseball's elite has been the stuff of sweet conversations all around town.
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Each time a playoff series moves into a new phase or encounters a particularly pivotal game ¿ usually odd-numbered -- the outcome becomes more and more dependent on how the players on each team handle pressure
Maier was thrust into the national spotlight 16 years ago Tuesday when, as a 12-year-old fan at Yankee Stadium, he leaned over the right-field wall in an attempt to catch a fly ball and re-directed it into the stands for an eighth inning home run by Derek Jeter. That tied Game 1 of the American League Championship Series; the Yankees eventually went on to win in 11 innings and capture the series in five games, igniting their late 1990s dynasty.
The rest of this round will be played at Yankee Stadium, beginning with Game 3 on Wednesday night, but don't let the address intimidate you because the Orioles probably won't. They've been playing the Yankees tough there all season, winning two out of three games in each of the three regular season series in the Big Apple.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it was a difficult decision to not start veteran designated hitter Jim Thome, the club's most experience postseason player, in Sunday's American League Division Series opener at Camden Yards againtst New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Thome did receive the start in Monday's Game 2 against veteran lefty Andy Pettitte.
Russell Martin's solo homer off Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson in the ninth inning kickstarted a five-run rally for the New York Yankees, who took Game 1 of the American League Division Series, 7-2. Game 2 is tonight at Camden Yards.
After 15 years of waiting for a playoff baseball at Camden Yards, Orioles fans had to endure an extra 2 1/2 hours as chilly rain pushed back the start of Sunday's division series opener against the hated New York Yankees.
To fill out the ALDS roster, the Orioles added Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman while removing infielder Omar Quintanilla and a trio of pitchers who were key for the club at different points this season: Steve Johnson, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton.
Injured Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis wrapped his left hand in a plastic baggy and took to the offensive with beer and champagne in Friday's postgame celebration, spraying it and kicking up the puddles and drenching anyone he could.
Cal Ripken Jr. was in the TBS broadcast booth for Friday night's wild-card game, alongside former Braves pitcher John Smoltz and play-by-play man Ernie Johnson. Ripken had previously been a postseason studio analyst, but he only recently started working from the booth.
It has been nearly five years since he set foot in Camden Yards. But if the Orioles advance to host American League Division Series games this weekend, Jay Gibbons will be there, clad in orange and black, whooping it up in the cheap seats with a mob of playoff-starved fans.
Is Laurel at the center of the Major League Baseball universe? That may be a stretch, but then again it was also far-fetched at the beginning of the season that the Baltimore Orioles would have a winning record let alone make the playoffs for the first time since 1997.