Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Quirky Theory For The Success Of The 2012 Orioles

When I woke up shortly after 3AM EST this morning to answer nature's call, I turned on the radio to find out the final score of the Orioles-Mariners game. There was no final score. The game was still in progress. I get up every weekday morning by 5:15 AM. As I climbed back into bed after turning the radio off, I wondered if they would still be playing then when I started my day.

By now, everyone knows they were not still playing at 5:15AM. It was all over at 3:50AM. The Orioles had won yet another extra inning game. That's 14 straight after losing their first two extra inning contests.

As a Yankee fan it is very hard for me to come to grips with the fact that the 2012 Orioles are a special team. I haven't wanted to admit that but, after last night's/this morning's game, I have no choice but to do so.

How can you explain it? There are many theories, none of which is totally acceptable. When you can't think of a reason why something happens you often come up with something quirky. Here's quirky for you: The new Orioles logo (above).

As I mentioned on a recent podcast episode, in 2008 Tampa Bay changed their name from the Devil Rays to the Rays. Their logo went from a fish to a ray of sunshine. They ditched their drab green and white unis for baby blue. When all was said and done they were playing in the World Series.

Could this bit of quirky history be repeating itself? Only time will tell. In the meantime, this dog fight between the Orioles and Yankees continues.

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