Thanking The Orioles For 2013

Matt Wieters, Jim Johnson, Baltimore OriolesI’m not sure what the Orioles record is in the games I attended this season. I have a drawer full of ticket stubs, but I know I only kept the ones from the games they won.

Last night’s stub was added to my collection. Section 81, row 3 — although my dad and I sat in section three. I think we only sat in our season ticket assigned seats once all season. Sometimes we traded in our tickets and upgraded to something better or other nights (like last night) we’d upgrade our seats ourselves.

27,498 was the announced attendance of Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays. Camden Yards was just 59.8 percent full, but it felt like it was much closer to capacity.

Last night’s crowd was vibrant and full of great baseball fans. You have to be if you want to come to a game in late September between two teams that have been mathematically eliminated from postseason play.

Sure it was a t-shirt giveaway night and there was that one guy in the blue collared shirt that was way more excited to cheer for ketchup in the hot dog race than either of the two teams competing on the field, but overall I was impressed with the attentiveness of the crowd. Adam Jones made a stellar running catch on a Munenori Kawasaki fly ball to center field that easily saved two runs in the top of the eighth. The fans gave AJ a standing ovation.

As Tommy Hunter battled against Anthony Gose with two outs in the eighth, the fans clapped along after every strike and were eager to watch the Orioles setup man hold that one run lead.

A couple girls a few sections over tried to get the wave started in the sixth inning, but no one seemed interested. They were much more concerned with the actual game. I never heard anyone do the Seven Nation Army chant or yell at me for standing up and clapping in the top of the ninth when Jim Johnson came in for the save.

These 27,498 were the diehards. They were the fans that were supporting the Orioles before the playoff run in 2012 and they’re the fans that will be here long after. Through thick and thin.

This home stand the Orioles posted a banner behind home plate, as they do every year, that reads “Thank You Orioles Fans.” Thursday night, the fans came to the Yard to thank the O’s. I wanted to see them in the postseason again more than I can explain, but I’m grateful to watch winning, competitive baseball in Baltimore again.

That’s what last night was all about.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

6 Comments

  1. Colin

    September 27, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I am also a season plan holder and was there will a number of other friends who hold season plan tickets as well (Plan B!!!). We all “upgraded” our seats last night and sat together as a large group for the first time all season. I would whole heartedly agree with your assessment of the crowd last night. No teenagers running around trying to talk with friends, no corporate types sitting and drinking and talking about something that no one really cares about. Every single person I came across last night was talking about the Orioles. Thankful that they had clinched a winning season, thankful that we had baseball occupying our attention well into September, discussing the up and coming talent of players like Jonathan Schoop, and thanking God the Yankees were losing last night as well! It was all about the die hards last night, and I can’t wait to see you all again at the Yards next season!!!

  2. surprise guest

    September 27, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Drawer full of ticket stubs sounds like way too much wasted money .

  3. MGW

    September 27, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Yup, and I’m leaving on a high note. Went last night and experienced the same thing in addition to a neat and tidy 1 run victory. Thought about going Sunday, but I think I’ll leave last night’s game as my 2013 victory.

    Thanks O’s! And Thanks BSR for the podcasts and the blog.

  4. Lester

    September 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Was there as well, Section 56 row 11…..it was an awesome night of baseball save for the dropped fly ball in the first inning…what the heck??? Anyway, agreed it was a good crowd of baseball diehards….the real fans of the Baltimore Orioles

  5. surprise guest

    September 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

    What a shame the O’s didn’t get onto October , their Halloween colors of orange and black have them dressed and ready to go trick or treating , hello , the trick is on the fans of Baltimore as there will be no treats this year , as usual . At least they are dressed like a real team , maybe next year they can celebrate .

  6. surprise guest

    September 29, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for not getting to the playoffs , here are your participation trophies .