Vote on Your Favorite Post-2011 O’s Moment (So Far)

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I saw an interesting conversation on Twitter this afternoon that got me thinking. Jeff Long of Baltimore Sports and Life and Domenic Vadala of Birds Watcher were discussing which was better: last night’s AL East-clinching victory and celebration, or the 2012 Wild Card victory and celebration.

Twitter user @OriolesLifer chimed in that his favorite moment was actually Game 2 of the 2012 ALDS against the Yankees at Camden Yards.

So, Jeff suggested a poll to the ESR audience. Which of those three O’s moments is your favorite?


The Case for Each

2012 Wild Card Victory

I still use the video of the O’s champagne celebration following their win over Texas in Arlington to cheer me up when I’m down. It was an amazing scene, and the O’s first such celebration since way back in 1997. Since the team had clinched their playoff berth while on a plane (thanks, Joe Nathan!), they didn’t really get to celebrate it. The win over Texas and the ensuing party were the perfect exclamation point to a season that had ended 14 consecutive years of ineptitude.

The Buck Era was finally really here.

2012 ALDS Game 2

What an atmosphere at Camden Yards as the O’s evened their ALDS series with a win over the Yankees. Jim Johnson nailed down the save with a strikeout of the hated Alex Rodriguez, and TBS’s Craig Sager said it was the loudest he had ever heard a sports venue.

It was the first playoff victory at Camden Yards since 1997, and unfortunately remains as the last…for now.

2014 AL East Champs

Last night was another night no O’s fan will ever forget. The team not only clinched their first division title since 1997, they clinched their first division title, at home, with a win, since 1969. As crazy as that is, it’s the truth.

The Birds took the opportunity to celebrate not only with each other, but with the fans in attendance at OPACY. Adam Jones, Bud Norris, Tommy Hunter, and others walked around the stadium slapping hands with fans, spraying beer on them, taking selfies, and, in Adam’s case, handing out a pie or two.

On 105.7 the fan, Jason LaCanfora said that it was the most fan-friendly such celebration he had ever seen in any sport (and he’s been to Olympic events, World Cup finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Super Bowls, etc.) The team really made us fans feel like we were a part of their achievement, and that they had done it for us as much as for themselves.

So, which was your favorite?

Which was your favorite O's moment?

What a wonderfully fun debate to be having, no?

Thank you again, Buck, Dan, players, and the entire Orioles organization.


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