The Baltimore Orioles lost last night to the New York Yankees, 3-1. The Yankees go on to face the Detroit Tigers, while the Orioles now go home. Their magic, phenomenal season is now over.
The 2012 season should be remembered as the greatest in Baltimore Orioles history. Granted, the Orioles have won the World Series three different times, but winning 93 games and then going to the playoffs is truly remarkable considering the past 14 years. To say the Orioles have been mired in mediocrity for years is an understatement. Before this season, the last time the Orioles had a winning season, Bill Clinton was president and Titanic won Best Picture at the Oscars.
Having the type of season the O’s had this year is a bigger accomplishment then winning a World Series. Winning a World Series happens every year, at least when there’s not a work-stoppage. On the other hand, how many times does a team with 14 straight losing seasons rebound to win 93 games?
The Orioles 2012 season is even more remarkable when you consider they did it without bringing in high-priced free agents. When I first moved to Maryland in 1994, the Orioles got good real quick by spending some of Peter Angelos’ asbestos money. That didn’t happen this year. The Orioles payroll was a little over $80 million this season. In comparison, the Yankees spent over $190 million this year.
The 2012 Baltimore Orioles wont be getting any rings, but considering what they did, maybe they should.