Something incredible happened last night.
The Baltimore Orioles beat out the Texas Rangers to nail down the AL East Wild Card.
Let me repeat---the O's are in the playoffs!
That fact that you're reading this statement is amazing in a number of ways:
1) The O's play in the AL East, which is like being Mississippi State University in the SEC. You're up against the Big Boys (Yanks, Sox, Rays/Alabama, Florida, South Carolina). Basically, on any given day you have to play twice as hard to stay afloat in your conference.
2) The last time the O's were in the playoffs was in 1997. Do you remember what happened that year? Let's put that in perspective:
-Tiger Woods became the youngest to win the Masters at age 21.
-Princess Diana died in a tragic car accident.
-Europe was not on the Euro yet.
3) Just two years ago, the O's opened the 2010 season against the Tampa Bay Rays with the lowest paid home game attendance in history---and proceeded to lose 2-16. Ouch.
4) The last time the O's won the World Series was in 1983. So what happened that year?
-Microsoft Word was released.
-Return of the Jedi premieres.
-I was born.
I mean, that's topping at out almost THIRTY years ago! Needless to say, there's a buzz about Baltimore.
And this is just scratching the surface. I didn't mention the crazy new regulation one-game wild card playoff, or the fact that the O's seem to pull these wins out of their asses in the last few innings.
Now, I know what you're thinking----honey, PLEASE, you are NOT a real sports fan. That's probably half true. But pledging allegiance to the Baltimore Orioles was never something to write home about.
So yeah, I'll take a moment in the sun. Here's hoping the O's do the same.