The success of the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 shifted the culture of Camden Yards and the city of Baltimore.
A stadium that once hosted a depleted crowd has been given new life as the Orioles are back in contention.
Yankee fans ousted Orioles fans at Camden Yards as the Yanks pulled off their perennial and unsurprising three-game sweep of the Birds to start the season. Fans left the stadium expecting more of the same from a team that hasn’t given them much to cheer for in the last decade.
October told a very different story. The New York Yankees now entered an unlikely sea of screaming orange, attempting to knock off a resilient, 93-win Orioles team in the ALDS.
The Yankees pulled off the victory, but only after a hard-fought, five-game pitching spectacle. The Orioles pushed the Yanks to a Game 5 with a rotation including three rookie pitchers, while the Yankees countered with veteran experience.
The Orioles, along with the Oakland Athletics incredible second half, were the surprise of the 2012 season.
Doubted by analysts and fans for the majority of the season, the Orioles never looked back and kept pace with the Yankees in arguably the most difficult division in baseball.
This offseason, the Orioles will once again be doubted and the question of whether or not this team can repeat this year’s historic success will arise.
Here are three reasons the Baltimore Orioles’ 2012 success will spill over into next season.