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Fantastic Fan Night 2

What an incredible season it has been so far. I don't think anyone even the most diehard fan could have predicted this. With only a few weeks left in the season the Orioles have put themselves in position for not only a winning season but the postseason. However over the last few weeks I have heard so much about the attendance and why we don't have more folks showing up. I remember being a kid and going out to Memorial Stadium in the 80's and seeing decent crowds even when the team was struggling. I know the last 14 years have really hurt the fan base here in Baltimore. Attendance is actually up this year in comparison to the last few. I also understand how the economy has an impact on going out to the game. I know what it costs for me to take my wife and daughter out. Times are tough and every dollar counts. When my parents would take my brother and I the cost of tickets was much lower and you could take anything you wanted in so you spent less on food and drink. We either got tickets from my uncle or we went on Giant Food Three Buck Night. All of that being said we need to get out there for the last two series of the year. The Orioles have done what they could by reducing ticket prices and now we need to do what we can to get out there. I am not saying every game but hopefully just one. Buck and the team have done their part this season. It is a team that fights everyday and has one another's back. It is a team you can be proud to talk about with your kids. Speaking of kids isn't it great for them to grow up with this team and all the excitement it has generated. Looking back I know what 1983 meant for me as a 10 year old. I still feel like that was yesterday, the night Tippy picked off three runners at first or when the local boy John Stefero won a game in September against Milwaukee and was a hero. We deserve this, we have waited a long time for exciting September baseball. To celebrate these times I think we should have Fantastic Fan Night II. The first Fantastic Fan Night took place in 1988 to welcome home an Orioles team that was 1-23. That team was the laughing stock of baseball and sports for that matter. That didn't stop over 50.000 fans from coming out on a Monday night in June against the Rangers to welcome them home. A night that goes down in Orioles history and something I never forgot. I am sure folks in 1988 had some of the same issues we have today but they found a way to get out to the stadium and tell their team how much they meant to them and that we had their back. I am throwing it out that we make Monday September 24th 2012 Fantastic Fan Night II. Let's make the second game of the DH a night to remember for this team and for us. The circumstances are different but the impact can be the same. Welcome this team home no matter what happens on this road trip let them know we are behind them. This is our team and we are proud of them and what they have accomplished and what they can accomplish. That is what the fans of this town have always been about no matter the sport we support our teams and players Let's not forget it has been 14 years since we had this much buzz about out baseball team. Like in life appreciate today because tomorrow isn't promised.


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