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By Steve Gould | January 21, 2012
Despite wintry conditions, the 2012 edition of the Orioles' annual FanFest is under way at the Baltimore Convention Center. While plenty of fans are here to collect autographs and participate in Q&As sessions with Orioles players, the event doesn't seem to have the same buzz as last year, when fans were still glowing from a hot finish under manager Buck Showalter. While the fans I talked to praised FanFest for the access it gave them to Orioles players and personalities, they weren't as positive when talking about their expectations for the team this coming season.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
For some fans, it's not enough in this memorable, extended Orioles' season to merely watch the games. They yearn to preserve the all-too-fleeting moments - to touch them - by buying pieces of the season. They want to own the one-of-a-kind lineup cards that manager Buck Showalter displayed in the dugout during the American League Division Series and in the championship series that continues tonight against the Royals in Kansas City. Monday's game was rained out in the best-of-seven series, in which the Orioles trail, 2-0. Fans want to own the ball J.J. Hardy hit for a home run in the division series sweep of the Detroit Tigers.
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February 11, 2013
I was in New Orleans from San Francisco for the Super Bowl . I was impressed with the graciousness and friendliness of the Baltimore Ravens fans after their win. Out in the French Quarter after the game, walking around in my red 49ers jersey expecting catcalls and rude remarks (there were a few), I had Ravens fans shake my hand, compliment my team with "good game" and "see you next year in the Super Bowl . " I even got a hug from a pretty purple clad lady. Congratulations on your win. Your fans represented your team and city well.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Facing a daunting 0-2 deficit in the American League Championship Series, the Orioles will need more than a little luck to make it to the World Series. They need some magic. For more than three decades, the team's penchant for comebacks has been captured in a song many fans still sing today. "Orioles Magic (Feel It Happen)" has accompanied the O's through the heyday of Wild Bill Hagy, through a 1983 World Series championship, through Cal Ripken Jr. 's 2,632-consecutive-game streak and through a 14-season playoff drought that ended in 2012.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
Given the size of the audience for this blog, it's legitimate to call a dozen responses a groundswell. Several of you have expressed your appreciation of the weekly video joke and deplored, if not mourned, its passing.  It was conceived in a conversation with Mary Corey, the late editor of The Sun , as a Monday lagniappe, a little boost for the start of the work week, and those of you who have followed it evidently got some boost from...
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July 27, 2011
The choice is the fan's Dom Amore Hartford Courant When Christian Lopez wrapped his meaty arms and defensive tackle's body around the ball struck for Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, the ball and its historic significance became his — and his alone. What that meant: It was for Lopez to decide what to do. It boggles the mind that such a baseball would have six-figure value to anyone but the man who hit it, but it does. Lopez could have held out for the highest bid and there would have been nothing wrong with it. He chose to give it back and ask for nothing.
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July 27, 2011
Once again, the loyal fans of a major sport (professional football) get played like a cheap fiddle. ("NFL lockout ends "July 26.) To exacerbate the situation, both sides talk about how they owe it to their fans to get back on the field. (What they really mean to say is that their greedy desires have been satiated by a contract that lines the pockets of both owners and players.) We have already been robbed of a tradition - preseason training at McDaniel College in Westminster.
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September 5, 2012
My husband and I are devoted Oriole fans watching almost every game daily on MASN unless we are out of town, etc. And I know this is true of many of our long-time Oriole fans ("Baby, come back," Aug. 31). We live in Columbia and try to attend at least three or four games throughout the season. However, it isn't easy getting to and from the stadium due to traffic conditions most of the time and unless you have season tickets parking is also difficult. I watch the number of fans filling other stadiums and find that these stadiums (especially those with large crowds even during the week)
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2011
It is an event within an event, the first stop on the new National Volleyball League's six-city tour. Marking the third time professional beach volleyball has come to the Preakness, tournament director Jimmy Mason said that the atmosphere at Pimlico is perfect for beach volleyball, which got its start in Baltimore when the sport's Olympic Trials were held downtown. The fans who attended Saturday's event are much like many of the horse racing fans were come to one race a year, the Preakness.
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December 17, 2009
Are things so bad for the Wizards that they need coaching help from fans? ESPN.com is carrying a contest that asks readers to submit a diagram of an inbounds play the Web site says the "Wizards will try to use during a game." The deadline for submissions is Dec. 23. • Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holdings and the development company that owns the Nets announced on Wednesday that they had completed their agreement to create a partnership for owning the NBA team and developing the Atlantic Yards project in New York City.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
For years, the Orioles were Washington's baseball team of choice. Lawyers and lobbyists would stop at the club's outlet store on Farragut Square on their lunch break and pick up tickets for games at Memorial Stadium or Camden Yards. Washington got its own club, the Nationals, in 2005. But thousands of fans never stopped following the team that was, for many, their first love. In Washington, it seems socially acceptable to be a fan of both the Nationals and Orioles - Carter Phillips is just that.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Davey Johnson was the last Orioles manager to lead the team to the ALCS, and he managed four other clubs, including most recently the Washington Nationals. He seemed to pick Baltimore over his most recent stop in an MLB Network Radio interview this morning. Johnson was asked about seeing baseball revived in Baltimore, and said it's “wonderful” to see. “I think the best fans in baseball are right around that Baltimore area,” Johnson said. “Now we're getting baseball fans in Washington, which has mostly been a football town, but I love the people in that area.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
"What's Kansas City got on us?" sings Lauren A. Hall in a video of her Orioles-themed cover of Lorde's song "Royals. " The 26-year-old baseball fan uploaded the clip, which you can watch above, to YouTube on Tuesday. Hall wrote the lyrics after the Orioles' sweep of the Tigers, she said in an email. The Charles Village resident is a research analyst at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore. She said she became an O's fan in high school, and has "been hooked ever since.
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By Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 6, 2014
KANSAS CITY -- By now, you have probably heard about Eric Hosmer and a bunch of his teammates using social media to invite friends to a bar downtown. You probably heard about the champagne being sprayed and that Hosmer -- how cool is this ? -- bought drinks for everyone there. But in the middle of that epic party after making the American League Championship Series, there was something else that tells a small but awesome story about a team and a town. The Royals star grabbed a bottle of champagne and handed it to a new friend of his, a salesman for a construction company.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
After polishing off a sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, the Orioles are in flight back to Baltimore. The team is expected to arrive at Camden Yards around 3:30 p.m., the team wrote on Twitter. "We're coming home!" the club tweeted from its official account. "The #Orioles are expected to arrive at the SW corner of Oriole Park shortly after 3:30 p.m. See you there! #WeWontStop " The Orioles won't play again until Friday, when they open the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards.
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By Luke Broadwater and Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
During the dark days of Baltimore baseball, the true fans never gave up. Despite the 14 losing seasons. Despite the maddening trades. Despite the deriding jokes from friends in New York or Boston. So when the Orioles on Sunday finally locked up a spot in the American League Championship Series for the first time in nearly a generation, fans were elated. After sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series, the Orioles need to win four games in the upcoming best-of-seven series to earn their first World Series appearance in 31 years.
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September 29, 2014
The people who yell "O" at sporting events dishonor the flag and the National Anthem. They also make Baltimore people look like real jerks. I figured it out why they say "O" so loud and proud. It's the only word they know in the anthem. I guess they are also not bright enough to realize there is an "O" at the beginning of the anthem. But then they would have to know two words. Thomas Coburn, Rosedale - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Dave Schaub had staked quite a lot on the Orioles as they attempted to rally against the Detroit Tigers in Friday's Game 2 of the American League Division Series. The sign the Middle River resident hoisted above his head said it all: "If the O's Win, We're Getting Married!" So it was just a little sweeter for him when Delmon Young's three-run double fell in to put the Orioles ahead in the eighth inning and Zach Britton closed out the 7-6 victory, which put the Tigers down 2-0 with the series headed to Detroit.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2014
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay will be part of the crew calling Maryland's game against Ohio Saturday on ABC. To get a better feel for both teams, McShay spent part of this week watching film of the Terps' and Buckeyes' previous games. One of the players McShay apparently liked was Maryland fullback and Gilman alum Kenny Goins. "Maryland FB Kenneth Goins making quick rise to top of my favorite players on tape list,” McShay tweeted Thursday . “No. 30 is gonna find contact when he's on the field!
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