The last time our Baltimore Orioles clinched a playoff berth I was 4 years old.
This is new territory for myself as well as the generation that was “lost” in close to a decade and a half of consecutive losing seasons. But that’s all in the past now – we are losers no more, we are playoff starved no more.
But this ride doesnt feel like its coming to an end anytime soon.
We are still hungry for more and by all rights we should be!
For many Orioles fans who have watched from game 1 to now game 160, we know just how high the ceiling for this team is, and I dont think they have hit it. This final three-game series in Tampa cant change the fact that the Orioles will be in the playoffs but it could help determine just how comfortable their postseason experience will be.
First and foremost the O’s have to keep wining if they want homefield advantage and they will need either some help from Boston -who pens a 3 game set with New York -or they could see themselves in a one game division-settling playoff before the actual playoffs even start.
But over the past few games watching this team, they are so dialed in and so focused on the task at hand that i think they are capable of more than just the division title. I’m talking about catching Texas, I’m talking about being the number one seed in the American League. Don’t mistake this for being overconfident in a team that has put together a magical season or being drunk off my teams first playoff berth that I will be able to remember.
This is as much a possibility as anything else that has happened this season and in all honesty why not the Orioles? Would it surprise you if Texas happened to go 1-2 in their final three and we pull out a sweep of a very good Tampa team? Well probably but at the same time not really. This team has been proving doubters wrong all year and now, and with three games left, they have a chance to hopefully silence their critics for one last time before heading into the playoffs.
How sweet would it be Baltimore? To be able to cheer on our team at home, which if the crowds for those games turn out to be anything like the crowds during this past series against Boston, could prove to be a significant advantage for the Birds.
Camden yards was electric this weekend, as I saw, being lucky enough to be in attendance for the final two home games of the season. Never have I seen Oriole Park so alive, never did I think I would be part of a “Lets Go Texas!” chant at an Orioles/Red Sox game – but I was and it felt awesome. This is going to be one hell of a ride and surely one that regardless of the outcome all of us proud Baltimore fans can look back on and smile.