The Orioles were back. OUR Orioles were back.
As the stadium was literally shaking, not unlike what we experience on fall Sundays across the street at M&T Bank Stadium, I couldn’t help but think to myself that this is how it’s supposed to be.
This is what Baltimore baseball is all about. This is what the Orioles were always about.
This is how Baltimore became known as a baseball town.
We’ve all heard how the NFL is better when the Bears are winning, and how the NBA is better and more interesting when the Knicks are competitive.
Last night proved that the same is true about Baltimore and the Orioles. When the Orioles are winning, this stadium can be absolutely electric. Take me to Fenway, Wrigley, Yankee Stadium, Chavez Ravine, or anywhere else in the world, and you will not find a better atmosphere than Camden Yards on September 6, 2012.
For one night, all was right in the world. For one night, I entered into my own personal time machine and traveled back fifteen years to 1997.
For one night, I was the seven year old boy that figured the Orioles would always be good and that Camden Yards would always be the place to be when the O’s were in town.
Thanks to Buck Showalter and his ball club that has come together unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my 17 years of watching sports. Camden Yards, at least for one night, was once again the toughest ticket in the league.
The only difference between this time machine and the ones in the movies?
We just might be able stay here for a while longer.
It’s almost like, well, magic.