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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 Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2014
For Nancy and Bob Reigle, the call came down to America's Colonial showplace versus the Orioles in the playoffs. "We have wanted to go to Williamsburg for some time," said Nancy Reigle, a retired teacher in the Baltimore County public schools who had scheduled a trip to begin Oct. 20 - the day before the start of the World Series. "I was keeping an eye on the schedules, and then I noticed that the American League has home field advantage [for the World Series], and that they could be playing in Baltimore that Tuesday and Wednesday.
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SPORTS
Kevin Cowherd, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Orioles fans are chortling this morning after the Detroit Tigers routed the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series. This was an unbelievably humiliating series for the Yankees, which always plays well here. It's been fun watching the notorious New York media savage the home team, too. The Yankees seemed intent in mailing this one in from the beginning. It didn't help that Yankees' ace  C.C. Sabathia, who surrendered 11 hits and six runs, appeared to be throwing batting practice to the Tigers yesterday.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | May 3, 2011
During the first few weeks of the baseball season, long-suffering Orioles fans have been faced with a difficult choice — whether to go all in with Buck Showalter and the new-look O's or hold the 2011 version of the team at arms length to avoid being hurt again. There's a legitimate argument to be made either way. The Orioles surged out of the gate a month ago and looked like they were going to pick up right where they left off under Showalter last fall, when they closed out the 2010 season with an amazing two-month turnaround.
NEWS
July 2, 2013
I read with interest the recent article which describes the financial woes of the Hilton Baltimore ("Hilton again loses millions," June 27). It seems that while the hotel is generating enough income to cover operating expenses, it can't make its debt payments. So it's not enough that this monstrosity of a building is a hideously ugly example of Soviet-style "architecture. " It's not enough that it blocks the view of the city skyline that we used to enjoy at Camden Yards. Now, the only way for it to survive is for the city to dip into the general fund so that the hotel can continue to operate at a loss on the taxpayers' dime.
SPORTS
October 1, 2012
Have any Orioles fans flown south for the final series? We want to hear from you. Please send an email to sports@baltsun.com letting us know if you'll be there tonight for the opening game. Give us a cell or way to contact you.
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Take a bow, Orioles fans. You deserve it for what you're doing for this team. The Orioles 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday came in front of the most spirited Camden Yards crowd I've seen since the playoff series against the Yankees last fall. The announced attendance was 41,311, but the noise level made it sound as if 70,000 fans packed the place as the O's took the final game -- and three of four -- from the AL East front-runners. The Orioles played one of their best all-around games of the season, with key contributions from Chris Davis (major league-leading 23rd homer)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
A New York Times interactive map posted yesterday could settle the debate about which Baltimore-area communities show the most support for the hometown O's. The outstanding infographic uses a team's Facebook "Likes" in a given area to determine fandom within every ZIP code in the country, and in Maryland, it shows about what you'd expect. The Orioles are the dominant team, in terms of percentage of fans, in the Baltimore metro region, with the Nationals gaining a stronghold in D.C. suburbs and the Phillies only creeping across the border in the eastern Maryland towns that border Delaware.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2012
Some Orioles fans who purchased playoff tickets for games that never occurred have complained about the lack of refunds for a $6-per-order service charge from Ticketmaster. Receipts for the orders stated that processing, shipping and handling charges would be non-refundable, but that didn't stop one fan from calling it a “travesty” in an e-mail to The Sun. The Orioles have also heard a handful of complaints. The Orioles have corrected earlier information that they were not responsible for the playoff refund policy.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Mike Boddicker has a World Series ring from the Orioles, whom the right-hander helped win it all in 1983. On Friday, however, he'll wear a Kansas City Royals T-shirt to watch the start of the American League Championship Series. "I bleed Royals blue," Boddicker said by phone from his home in Overland Park, Kan., 20 minutes from Kauffman Stadium. "This city has gone nuts. We've waited 29 years for a playoff team. These people have been so loyal for so long; I'll root for the city because it deserves this.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Not long after his team finished a three-game sweep Sunday night of the league-best Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie received a text message from one of his former teammates. Orioles reliever Brian Matusz congratulated Guthrie and the two exchanged brief pleasantries knowing that they'd probably have a chance to speak in person very soon. When the Orioles and Royals meet in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night at Camden Yards, no player from either team will be able to put the unlikely matchup in perspective quite like Guthrie.
FEATURES
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
In the aftermath of a Camden Yards fight that left a Maryland man with severe head injuries, Orioles fans have turned to radio talk shows, Twitter, Facebook and office watercoolers to express their outrage. The alleged assault of lifelong Yankees fan Matt Fortese, 25, of Hagerstown was a rare occurrence at the stadium, according to police records and regular attendees. But with Fortese in critical condition, the incident has disturbed many fans - and attracted national attention.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
Washington Nationals star pitcher Stephen Strasburg seemed a bit sad about vocal Orioles fans during the Nationals' 8-2, 11-inning loss in Washington last night. "Well, maybe someday it'll be different,” Strasburg, who fanned nine in seven innings but was victimized by a Nelson Cruz home run, said in a video posted by MASN. “But obviously that franchise has been a lot longer than we have. Can't really worry about it too much. Hopefully, our fans travel well after tomorrow. " It's a pretty diplomatic answer from a player who never says much, but his face in the video tells the story.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Pregame introductions: As the Orioles are introduced before Game 3, former Tigers outfielder Delmon Young does not get a friendly reception. And it's difficult to tell whether Tigers fans are booing Nelson Cruz because it sounds the same as when Orioles fans cheer him. National anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner is performed nicely by local a capella group, Vision Male Vocal Ensemble. Orioles fans make their presence known at the appropriate moment. Pregame ceremony: Former Detroit infielder Placido Polanco throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and the Tigers run a cool video tribute to the great stars of their storied history.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Think for a second about postseason heroes in Orioles history. Once you move past the Brooks Robinsons, Frank Robinsons, and Rick Dempseys of franchise lore, there's another pantheon reserved for guys who will never end up in the club's Hall of Fame, but provided a moment of excellence in October so crucial, so memorable that they should never ever have to buy a beer in town again. Move over Moe Drabowsky, Tito Landrum and Jeff Reboulet. Delmon Young has just joined your ranks.
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