Yesterday we commended Buck Showalter and the Orioles for being able to play hard in a game that ultimately meant very little to their own season. And when we saw the images of the Orioles celebrating, you could tell that knocking out the Red Sox was something that was important to them.
But thanks to one commenter (thanks Amanda), there were a couple of other cool moments at the end of this game.
First is the call by Orioles TV announcer Gary Thorne, whose level of excitement at the game-winning hit is something you wouldn’t expect from a team finishing up a 93-loss season.
The best line comes just before the hit, when Thorne appears to be mocking the Red Sox collapse, when he says “can you hear the baseball gods laughing?”
But there is more. Several minutes after the end of the game, a few hundred Orioles fans (and even a few Rays fans) had gathered around the Orioles dugout. When the final score of the Rays game is posted, the crowd erupts…
Keep in mind, this is a 93-loss team in game 162, after a 90-minute rain delay. Kinda cool. Karma is coming O’s fans. The good kind.