So, I'm a 19 year old who lives out in suburban Baltimore. The last time the Oriole's were in any sort of playoff race, it was 1997, and I was 4. I have essentially no memory of the Baltimore Orioles being a winning team, and yet, year after year, I stood by Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada, Jeremy Guthrie, Felix Pie, etc. But I can't say this is the same for other people of my generation. Many folks around my age have up until this point, been entirely apathetic to the Orioles, not knowing any of the glories of Brooks, Frank, Earl, Jim, Eddie or Cal. Sure, we'd here stories from our parents, telling us about an "Oriole Way" and some old stadium on 33rd Street, but we had yet to experience it ourselves.
It's been an incredibly joy watching these 2012 Orioles, not only for their winning ways, but in the ways they have gotten my contemporaries to take an interest in the boys of summer. Now, it seems every night on facebook or twitter, someone's talking about the game, my friends are texting me updates, we're going to our college parties with MASN on, and we're even going to the games. It's a beautiful thing, watching my generation get into this team and what they do. I was tired of going back to school, and seeing less and less Orioles' caps, and more of the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers variety. It was almost sickening, because I knew somewhere in their genes lied this so-called "baseball town" I had heard so much about.
And now it's finally come back. I can openly discuss matchups, roster moves, prospects and anything Orioles related without fear or remorse of being struck down by some fellow in an A-Rod jersey.
It's a beautiful thing, and I'd love to get used to it.