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

orioles buck getting champagne dumped on him

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.


This entry was posted in Blog View, Featured by Derek Arnold. Bookmark the permalink.

About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold
RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone...more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Hot off the street

Knee-Jerk Reactions: O’s Hire Brandon Hyde as Manager
Knee-Jerk Reactions: O’s Hire Brandon Hyde as Manager

The Orioles have hired their new manager. Brandon Hyde, most recently the Chicago Cubs' bench coach, will take the reins in 2019. ESR staff react to the news here... Derek Arnold I won't pretend to more

O’s Leave Winter Meetings with Two New Infielders
O’s Leave Winter Meetings with Two New Infielders

The Baltimore Orioles haven’t been expected to make too much noise in the first offseason of the club’s rebuild under executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, especially when more

O’s Claim Ruiz, Lose Meisinger to St. Louis
O’s Claim Ruiz, Lose Meisinger to St. Louis

The Baltimore Orioles have announced that the St. Louis Cardinals have claimed right-handed pitcher Ryan Meisinger off waivers. In addition, the O’s have claimed third baseman Rio Ruiz off waivers more

Orioles’ Winter Meetings To-Do List
Orioles’ Winter Meetings To-Do List

The annual Major League Baseball winter meetings have begun, although the hot stove got heated up unusually early this offseason. With executives and agents around the league meeting up for the week more

How Will O’s Distribute Time Behind the Dish in ’19?
How Will O’s Distribute Time Behind the Dish in ’19?

Not too often in recent years have the Baltimore Orioles had a clearly known starting catcher on the roster. In the last five seasons, the Orioles have had had the same catcher behind the dish for more

View More