Baltimore Orioles: Do You Believe in Magic?

Lawrence BarrecaAnalyst IJuly 1, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 15:  Third baseman Ty Wigginton of the Baltimore Orioles while wearing jersey #42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson day during a game against the Texas Rangers on April 15, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Whether it be a walk-off homer from rookie left fielder Nolan Reimold against the Toronto Blue Jays, a two-run comeback victory against Francisco Rodriguez and the Mets, a two-out, two-run bomb off the bat of Brian Roberts in Philadelphia, or an improbable ten-run comeback against the Boston Red Sox, one thing is for certain; the Baltimore Orioles are a team playing with heart.

As an O’s fan, it has now gotten to the point where one can no longer leave the television screen with two outs in the ninth. It would be a sin to even blink while down by five in the eighth inning. It would be immoral to turn away from the computer screen when all hope is lost. 

Each and every night, the Orioles are a team to watch. I like to call them "The Weirdest Team in Baseball,” since you never know when they will pull off another miracle.

What happened on Tuesday night against Boston was incredible in its own right. Being down by nine runs in the seventh, the team went to work. They would score five runs before heading into the eighth, capped off by an Oscar Salazar home run.

In the bottom of the eighth, the team would come back to tack on five more, with Nick Markakis’ two-RBI double off of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, inflicting the final blow. It was the largest comeback in Orioles’ history, and it came against a squad with one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. 

Who would have thought the last place Birds could pull off such a fantasy? They beat the Sox, even while being down by nine runs in the seventh. Miracles are great, but the "Magic" is what’s really working.

“Orioles Magic” is back in Baltimore, as players and fans alike can recall the times of the cartoon bird and World Series Championships, as well as envision the bright future ahead.

With a core of young stars being born, the O’s are finally putting themselves back on the map. We are now just beginning to see what is in store in the future.

So, I leave you with a simple question now that there is O’s Magic in the air; can you feel it happen?