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Perhaps the Orioles' 25-26 home record is an indication of their subpar play at home. On the other hand, it could be a sign of their lack of fan support.
I traveled to Baltimore this weekend to take in the Orioles' series against the Athletics, and needless to say I was less than impressed with the fan backing.
Here is a team sitting right in the thick of a playoff race, and as soon as any part of the game turned slightly against the Orioles' favor, the fanbase went immediately sour.
The heckling of Mark Reynolds and Omar Quintanilla was relentless. I even heard one fan call the Orioles' second basemen an "enchilada."
Now sure, Reynolds isn't having the greatest of seasons, but heckling Quintanilla is inexcusable (he's hitting .406 in an Orioles' uniform so far).
The bottom line is, this team has climbed to a position that no other Orioles squad has seen in more than a decade.
Let's stay positive O's fans, and give our Birds a home-field advantage that's worth playing for.
That's the type of fan support that a team in the playoff hunt should expect to receive.