Cheers from a boisterous crowd at Camden Yards rose to a continuing roar in the course of the ninth inning of Thursday night time’s sport, with Orioles followers on the liveliest the ballpark has seen in years.
“Nervous? No, no,” Shaun Collins, a Ridgely’s Delight resident, stated in the course of the last moments of the sport, pausing to hitch different shouts from the standing space behind proper discipline. “We’re having fun, no pressure.”
Seconds later, reliever Tyler Wells recorded the ultimate out of a 2-0 victory towards the Red Sox, and the group exploded. The Orioles had clinched the American League East, profitable the game’s persistently best division for the primary time since 2014. Baltimore’s solely different division title prior to now 40 seasons got here in 1997, which was additionally the final time the membership secured the AL’s greatest document and thus home-field benefit main as much as the World Series.
Clinching earned the Orioles the proper to start the postseason Oct. 7 at Camden Yards towards the winner of the wild-card collection between the AL’s two greatest nondivision winners. The Orioles are lined as much as have home-field benefit for the video games, which means Camden Yards will host the primary two video games in addition to a possible fifth. Tickets for the division collection are already severely restricted, however followers can nonetheless snag entry from the secondary market.
Wednesday’s sport towards the Washington Nationals, extra of a regional rival than a longtime enemy, had extra of a subdued crowd. For the Orioles to clinch Wednesday, they wanted to win (which they did) and for the second-place Tampa Bay Rays to lose (which didn’t occur). Thursday night time, the O’s have been in higher place. The Rays have been off and all of the Orioles wanted was a win. The viewers knew it.
The vitality at Camden Yards began off sturdy, and shot up with the information of a 30-year stadium lease being displayed on the video board after the third inning. Fans’ cheers shook the ballpark all through the sport, echoing by means of the concourses after almost each play. The Hot Dog Race sounded do-or-die.
“It was absolutely electric,” stated Travis Hruz of Bel Air.
The quantity shot up towards the eighth inning because the stress of a lingering one-run lead stored excited followers anxious. The last out was adopted nearly instantly by a burst of fireworks and confetti that drizzled onto the group.
“This is the first time I’ve been able to witness something like this,” stated Joseph Tempert, 25, who has been to every dwelling sport over the previous two months.
The introduced crowd of 27,543 lingered in celebration, exchanging hugs with strangers whereas the workforce celebrated on the sector and exchanging a barrage of high-fives as they fanned out of the stadium alongside both course of Eutaw Street.
“It just brought everyone together,” stated Christian Beale, a Harford County resident who donned an Orioles flag above his all-orange attire and waved an indication requesting 100 wins for his twenty fourth birthday.
“You’re welcome,” one attendee clad in a Red Sox uniform shouted as a whole bunch of orange-wearing followers exited onto Camden Street.