I still think this series in New York is a long way from over. It’s a best-of-5 for a reason.
And the Orioles have swatted away every nuisance that’s come their way in 2012, so why wouldn’t they stay alive tonight with a dramatic Game 4 victory? I almost expect them to win tonight because that’s what they deserve.
But if the Yankees win tonight in the Bronx and that’s all she wrote for the Birds, I’ll be just fine.
Really. I’ll sleep like a baby tonight if the Orioles lose in Game 4.
I’ve watched the first three games of the series with this peculiar “Lord only knows what’s going to happen tonight” sort of philosophy, which has served me well. I didn’t go nuts when Ibanez beat
Billy Cundiff Jim Johnson in the 9th inning, even though I assumed it was over when the team’s closer strolled to the mound to collect his nearly-automatic-save and give the Birds a 2-1 series lead.
It wasn’t over, unfortunately, when Ibanez drilled a pitch into the right field seats to tie it up at 2-2.
An hour later it WAS over – again unfortunately – when Ibanez popped Brian Matusz for the game-winning home run to put the Orioles into an “elimination game” for the second time in six days.
But make no mistake about it, my stomach didn’t start hurting last night the way it did in 1997 when Tony Fernandez ended our last playoff series with a home run in Baltimore.
I didn’t sleep well for a night or two after that loss to the Indians.
But this is much different now. This is fun. And I’ve enjoyed the living hell out of it.
No one expected this in March or April. Hell, honestly, no one even expected this on Labor Day.
It’s just fun to see the team playing on national TV in October…so I’m good with anything that happens tonight.
If the Orioles win, I’ll be fired up for Game 5 tomorrow night.
If the Yankees win, we’ll do what we always do around here when baseball season ends. We’ll turn our full attention to the Ravens.
Either way, it’s been a helluva run by the Orioles.
I sure have missed this since 1997.
And that’s why I’m good with any result. Just getting back there and playing post-season baseball is enough to satisfy me.