O No Another Orioles Blog and some friends of his. We skipped over a great deal of DC traffic this morning thanks to the HOV lanes and that we had so many people in the car. I was worried because the start time for the game was 12:00, noon, and our plan was to leave Ryan's house at 6:30, but that would put us in DC at the Friday morning rush hour. Thankfully, we sot through there easily and got to Baltimore right at 10:00AM with only two stops along the way.
I was really glad that I made the decision to bring Chris along so he could experience this. He had joked that he didn't really want to go because he was missing school, but I could tell that he was really excited. They handed us these awesome rally towels as we entered the ballpark, and Chris actually got an extra one, so my wife will get a souvenir. I really appreciate the photo bomb by the random dude in the background, by the way.
There were chants of "Hey Hey, Goodbye" when Brad Ausmus lifted Justin Verlander for Anibal Sanchez; chants for "Joba, Joba, Joba" for Joba Chamberlain when he was throwing gas on the fire; chants of "We Won't Stop" when Delmon Young his the double; and one of the most gratifying chants was the role call for Nick Markakis after his home run early in the game. Nick has been up with the O's since the 2006 season and missed out on the 2012 post season with a broken thumb. It was really cool to see him finally play in a playoff game, and he has shone so far.
I shot a video with my phone of the final out of the game. Sorry for the shaky camera work, but I think this captured the mood at the stadium perfectly. Baltimore is itching for a winner, after all of those years of futility, and I believe that there isn't a fan base that wants to win right now more than the Orioles fan base. Of course, I'm sure folks from Kansas City would like to weigh in on that.
So, I hope you all enjoyed the look into my day. I am still elated over the outcome of the game. I told Ryan that I had felt in the 7th inning that the perfect game would be a close one where the Orioles came from behind and won, and I got my wish.