Wow! Playoff baseball is a completely different animal from your run-of-the-mill regular season game. Perhaps is was the natural division rivalry between the O’s and Yanks, or the nearly three-hour rain delay where people had their fill of beer and more beer, but this game was filled with passion, tension, and a pack mentality that brought the best and most passionate of my fellow Oriole fans. Despite the 7-2 loss and some questionable behavior from the liquored-up crowd, I loved it, loved it, loved it!
Right from the start the sellout crowd was chanting, singing, and roaring their approval of everything Orioles. In recent years, hordes of Yankee fans had invaded Camden Yards, but last night the Bomber supporters were merely a smattering, and half of those ended up ejected by police for drunk and disorderly behavior before the late innings. Baltimore’s finest were certainly profiling the out-of-towners and when things became a little too heated, were picking the low hanging fruit for removal. That being said, after the Yanks put up four in the ninth against O’s closer Jim Johnson, we exited as I could tell things were going to get ugly with a very agitated and toasted O’s crowd and the unfortunate few Yankee faithful that remained.
I would not advise bringing young children to a night time rivalry playoff game because it clearly wasn’t an appropriate family atmosphere. This wasn’t the best played ballgame I’ve attended, and the O’s certainly lost, but it was hard-fought and by far the rowdiest and most passionate, and I loved it! Let’s Go O’s!