The Orioles returned home from the final game of the American League Division Series to a dedicated, cheering crowd wanting to shower more applause on this year's special team. Unlike the last time that happened two years ago, they were returning as victors over the Tigers, and they arrived in the afternoon instead of in the middle of the night.
With pleasant weather, a number of Orioles fans gathered outside of the home plate plaza at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to wait for an expected 3:30 arrival of the team. They brought signs, cheers, and orange rally towels, and they made an impression on the players and media gathered around.
If you had assorted work or school obligations, you probably didn't get a chance to make it there even if you'd like to have been. Maybe you just live too far away to get to Baltimore on such short notice. Lucky for all of us, the people who did get to be there took plenty of pictures and shared them with the world on social media.
The Oriole Bird was there to keep the crowd entertained while waiting for the buses to arrive:
People were armed with homemade signs and assorted giveaways that have been handed out through the year:
Some "Let's go O's chants" have begun pic.twitter.com/Ng21UTQdmG— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) October 6, 2014
Adam Jones is a pretty popular guy, with everyone except for the Orioles PR guy in the background lining up to take a picture as he walks past:
Players were pumped up to have the bus pull up and see such a crowd. Ubaldo Jimenez might have been disappointing on the mound a lot this year, but he delivers on his Instagram page:
Bonus points to Bud Norris for his "That's sick!" cameo. You know what else is sick? Norris and his career 0.00 postseason ERA.
Oh, and there were babies. Miguel Gonzalez and Andrew Miller were both holding little ones. Aww, man. That's just adorable.
Miguel and baby pic.twitter.com/kPOJqCVP7Z— #WeWontStop (@BaltimoreBlake_) October 6, 2014
I think Baby Miller enjoys the police officer, or maybe it's the other way around.
Andrew Miller and his kid pic.twitter.com/VcFF0DhHFG— #WeWontStop (@BaltimoreBlake_) October 6, 2014
Here's hoping this isn't the last Orioles team celebration of the year. Maybe next time they can even celebrate a postseason series win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, although if they somehow happen to finish off the ALCS in Kansas City, that will be just fine too.