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?”

Gary Thorne calls Orioles game-winning hit

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…

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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.



  1. Amanda says:

    There's been some great timelines of the two games shown over the last two days, but the whole bottom of the 9th inning of the O's broadcast was a great timeline in itself. At the beginning of the bottom of the 9th, Jim Palmer mentioned that the Yankees had runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out in the top of the 12th.

    Cork, now that I think about it, do you think Thorne said what he did because he heard what Shaughnessey said during the rain delay? I'm sure that got around the broadcast booth.

  2. Alex says:

    I love Gary Thorne. I just noticed how amazing he is since I started following the O's v Sox games. Fox/TBS should hire him to announce games during the playoffs. He's so much better than that douche Joe Buck

  3. Carey says:

    Is this (the video clip) not a perfect example of why baseball is a great sport. Name me one other sport where this happens, where fans of a 90+ loss team can take such enjoyment. Great stuff.

    PS I agree Cork. And I've always liked the Orioles. Wish we weren't in the same division because they should be fun to watch the next couple years.


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