How can you not love Joe Maddon?  He listens to disco music, makes his team wear awesome plaid blazers and rocks a 70’s haircut.  Oh and his team and their $41,932,171 payroll pushed out the Boston Red Sox of the AL Wild Card.  Well, with a little help from the Baltimore Orioles.

After seeing the O’s help the Rays cause, Maddon tweeted some love to the folks in Charm City.  “Can’t express enough gratitude to Buck and the Os for their incredible professionalism,” Maddon tweeted. “We don’t do this without their respect for the game.”

Thanks for the gratitude Joe.  I’m just an Orioles fan, not an employee, member of the front office, ticket taker, bat boy or even the guy that yells at you for sitting in the lower level when you bought $8 upper reserve seats, but in a way I think Joe is thanking me too.

Mr. Maddon, you’re welcome.  You’re welcome for not only the Orioles rallying back from a 3-2 deficit with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, but also for sending home thousands of disappointed Red Sox fans as their postseason chances got crushed like a dead-center fastball from Jonathan Papelbon.

Enjoy the postseason Tampa.  You guys deserve it and Baltimore will be pulling for you.

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Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of 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.


  1. Sometimes I wish I could have Joe Maddon as an uncle.

  2. It’s David versus Goliath. Who roots for Goliath?!? Even if Goliath is a choking bunch of over paid ( yeah, I’m talking about you 11 homer, .254 hitting, shoulda made that catch Crawford) prima donnas.
    Good luck Joe and the Rays.

  3. Stealing phrases I’ve heard in Tampa many times in the past few days, good Karma is coming to you O’s fans. That was a class act and the baseball gods remember things like that.

  4. […] Joe Maddon offered his thanks to the Orioles. [BaltimoreSportsReport] […]

  5. The Rays fans have been talking about what we could do for the O’s and their fans. Gratitude such as ours begs to be expressed somehow and how can we? I hope the O’s get a huge cheer from our fans when they go to the Trop for the first time next season. I loved that the O’s and the radio announcers and the fans acted as though that last game was a clincher of some sort. Definitely a class act among players and fans and we Rays fans love you all for it. Well, until next season that is, when we’re competing again. 😉

    I hope we can do the same for ya’ll some day though!

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