As we approach the quarter mark of the 2012 baseball season, the Orioles have provided much entertainment for Baltimore's baseball starved fans. The Oriole franchise has lost more games than they've won for the past 14 consecutive seasons. In the early portion of June, the Birds are juggling "whose in first place" with the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees.
The 2012 Orioles may not finish in first, but for the first time since 2005, we are playing competitive baseball.
So far,the season has held it's share of oddball occurrences. May started with a flurry of unique, record-setting events. We saw a position player (Chris Davis) become the winning pitcher of record for the first time since 1925. Two days later, Josh Hamilton, of the opposing Texas Rangers, clobbered four homers in one game for the sixth time in American League history. Two more days passed, and the Orioles set an American League record when their first three batters of the game "went yard.” In the same game, a Major League record occurred, as the Orioles posted five hits in the game, all home runs. On June 9, 2012 the Orioles set a club record by winning their ninth consecutive extra-inning game.
Such an explosion of record-setting events got me thinking about the unique, one-of-a-kind, eyebrow-raising events in Oriole history.
Here are some oddball, record-setting, strange events that have graced the pages of the Baltimore Orioles' 114-year history. Some are good, some not so good, all of them are unique.