Why tonight is special to me…


Tonight, we watch the Orioles compete in their first postseason game in 5,469 days.

In October 1997, I was a freshman in high school and sported a mouthful of braces. Earlier this week, I celebrated my 29th birthday.

Though very happy for the city of Baltimore and for all Orioles fans, I’ll think of four very special people in my life who are here in spirit but not in body tonight.

I’ll remember Grandmom’s amusing mix of optimism and fickleness with Grandpop hilariously needling her from across the room the entire time.

I’ll envision Pop sitting in his recliner, watching quietly but intently.

And I will picture Dad sitting on the couch next to me, hanging with every pitch as he screams and drops popcorn all over the floor.

They are the reason why I love baseball and why I’m in this business. And the thought of the four of them watching this one tonight brings a smile to my face.

Regardless of what happens over the next few hours in Arlington, enjoy this one for yourself and for those who loved the Orioles and are no longer with us.


  1. The Orioles won, this is the greatest Orioles memory that I have witnessed, I turn 20 in 13 days, so it’s the first success in my conscience lifetime and this is amazing. Regardless of how the rest of the playoffs pan out, I will never forget this season and neither will anybody else. As they said in 1989, Why Not?

  2. Luke, I was 21 years old the last time the Orioles were in the playoffs. I can remember the 1983 World Series, watching Game Five in my grandmother’s living room on Hazelwood Avenue. And watching the game last night, with my 12 year old son, witnessing Orioles’ playoff baseball for the first time in his life, with my Dad texting me during, took me back to 1983. When Orioles baseball was about winning, and family.

    (L.J. – Thanks for sharing, Paul. It’s truly special to see and hear so many examples of how the Orioles winning has brought families and friends closer together again.)

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