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.