On October 7th, the Ravens played the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that was supposed to be a blow-out in the Ravens favor. Instead, the Ravens offense struggled though out as Joe Flacco went 13 for 28 with no touchdowns and an interception. The Ravens did not score a touchdown in the game but Justin Tucker’s three field goals were enough to hold off the Chiefs in a 9-6 Ravens victory.
You’d expect Ravens fans to be outraged from that result, right? You’d expect fans to be calling for Harbaugh’s and Flacco’s head and for fans to lose all hope, right? Wrong. As a matter of fact, some fans were probably not even watching that game. Because later that night, Baltimore sports history was being made, and it didn’t involve the Ravens.
Later than night, the Baltimore Orioles, who just days before had defeated the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card Game, were returning to Camden Yards to play the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS. It was the first playoff game at Camden Yards since 1997 and was one of the most anticipated games in Orioles history in the past 20 years.
So, as the Ravens barely escaped the jaws of defeat, Baltimore sports fans were donning their black and orange jerseys and caps and were ready to head out to Eutaw Street. To put it simply, most Baltimore sports fans didn’t care, some didn’t even notice the Ravens performance. The Orioles were the preferred team of Baltimore that night.
That night was just one of the ways that the Ravens may have benefitted from Orioles 2012 success. As a matter of fact, on days that the Ravens and the Orioles both played on the same day, the Ravens had an undefeated 3-0 record (wins over the Patriots, Browns, and Chiefs).
The Orioles and Ravens became comrades in success. Players such as Joe Flacco (whose brother, Michael Flacco, is an Orioles prospect) wore a “BUCKle Up” to this Press Conference”. Other players such as Anquan Boldin and Ed Reed cheered on the Orioles via Twitter:
Ok let’s get these bats going O’s rally caps on
— Ed Reed (@TwentyER) September 26, 2012
After the Orioles’ season ended at the hands of the Yankees, players showed their support for the Ravens by attending games at M&T Bank Stadium. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was an honorary captain at a game and players such as Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds, and JJ Hardy sat in Cal Ripken’s suite at M&T Bank Stadium.
Adam Jones also became a regular fixture at Ravens playoff games this year regularly appearing on the sideline during pre-game and post-game. He attended all of the Ravens playoff games including the Super Bowl in New Orleans. He shared pictures via his Twitter account of him cheering on Joe Flacco coming out of the tunnel, him waving a Maryland flag with Baltimore native Michael Phelps, and also this shared this picture of him with Ravens fans before the AFC Championship versus the New England Patriots:
After the Ravens Super Bowl victory, is it possible that they could trigger and Orioles World Series victory? As the Ravens were inspired by the Orioles “never say die” attitude, Baltimore is sure hoping that the Orioles catch the championship fever. As for the Orioles season, Anquan Boldin is just excited for it to start:
— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) February 8, 2013