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60 and 30

Two numbers that say a lot about Baltimore, their teams, and their fans. As we approach another Opening Day here in Baltimore, I was thinking about the passion of this town and their sports. Tomorrow is the start of the 60th season of Orioles baseball, however, this weekend also represents one of the saddest sports moments in Baltimore sports history. This weekend 30 years ago the Baltimore Colts left town. I got to thinking about the passion and love we have for our teams. Sure the Colts that left weren’t the same Colts of Unitas, Berry, Moore, and Donovan. It wasn’t the championship team of 58, but it was still our team. No matter the record we still went out there on Sundays and talked about them all week. When they left, grown men who grew up with them had nothing but tears and anger. I think about the night we filled Memorial Stadium for a Saints and Dolphins game. We wanted to show the NFL how bad we wanted and deserved a team only to come up short. Baltimore sports passion has been here for the Orioles as well. We haven’t won a World Series since 1983 but before that the Orioles had one of the strongest organizations. The lean years took a toll on every fan and those that tell you otherwise are lying. One of the toughest years was 1988 and the 0-21 start to that season. They fired Cal Sr at 0-6 and hired Frank Robinson, a legend, but that didn’t do much to change the path of that team. Many in this town wondered if Cal Jr would even remain an Oriole and he did. What would that 2131 celebration have been like in another town? One of the greatest examples of a town and their love of their team happened when the Orioles returned home 1-23 that season and over 50K fans showed up on a Monday night to welcome them back. That is passion and love. In an age of million and what seems like billion dollar players and franchises and high priced tickets, it is still just a game. The expectations go up and in this town with the recent success of the Orioles and the Ravens winning two Super Bowls we are no different. We even have one of, if not the most successful, indoor soccer teams in the Blast. Baltimore likes winning like every other town. Beyond all the trophies, parades and banners is the heart, passion and love they have for their teams. It is about family, friends, memories at a stadium on 33rd Street, old ticket stubs that spark a story or even a tear. That is what Baltimore sports is all about. So as we start the 60th season of baseball tomorrow lets appreciate just that. 60 seasons of baseball, some better than others. Yes the expectations are higher and yes I for one want playoff baseball. Let’s not focus on the owner all season or what they did or didn’t do. Win or lose, I will still be watching and listening, going to games, and creating memories with my family like my parents did with me that last forever. That is what this town has always been about when it comes to the Orioles and that is what it should be about. For those going to Opening Day enjoy and for those listening or watching do the same as it's something that never gets old.

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