We rank the most memorable moments from last year.
1. Oct. 8, Camden Yards, ALDS Game 2Orioles 3, Yankees 2
Before the season, not even the most O-ptimistic fan could have envisioned 48,187 euphoric fans screaming at the top of their lungs from the first playoff pitch to the last. “It was so loud the place was actually shaking,” catcher Matt Wieters said.
2. Oct. 11, Yankee Stadium, ALDS Game 4Orioles 2, Yankees 1
Dave and Steve Johnson share an eerily similar Orioles history.
On August 8, an Orioles pitcher named Johnson made his first career start in his hometown of Baltimore. A journeyman prospect, he recently had been called up from the minors in the midst of a pennant race. Certifiably awful the year before, the O’s were surprise contenders this season, captivating a city starved for winning baseball.
Johnson was spectacular, and the O’s cruised to an easy...
What it's been like for commentators Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer to call games in 2012 after 14 losing seasons.
Through a slew of struggling seasons, the Orioles have seen a lot of turnover: traded players, a plethora of managers, and even, yes, some bandwagon fans.
But, flip on the TV and, game in and game out, you’ll hear two consistent voices: the play-by-play from Gary Thorne and color commentary from Jim Palmer.
So, what has it been like for them to call losing season after losing season...
These Orioles devotes reveal their personal highlights from last season.
Pamela WoodGlen Burnie
“I love floppy hats, and I’m not sure why exactly because they’re kind of tacky and sometimes they're really ugly. But I’ve always loved them, so I always try to go on floppy hat night. Last year floppy hat night was my 10th wedding anniversary. There was no question we were going to celebrate by going to an Orioles game. We went all out: got a car service, went to...
The five breakout stars of the 2012 season.
Wei-Yin Chenposition: pitcher
The Orioles lefty—who is a Taiwan native signed out of Japan—may need an interpreter to speak to his coaches and the media, but his games needs no translation. In Chen’s first year in the majors, the starting pitcher threw 192 innings and struck out 154 batters. Though he lost momentum down the stretch, his ambition never wavered. “It doesn’t matter if you speak the...
Players reveal their superstitions on and off the field.
MAKE IT A BUBBLESteve Pearce, outfielder“Whatever works the previous day, you try to carry it over. I have stuff that I do. Going up to bat with gum, blowing bubbles on deck, little stuff like that.
SAVE MY SEATDarren O’Day, pitcher
“We have goofy handshakes in the bullpen. Plus, Jim Johnson won’t let anybody sit in his seat. The second seat from the right should say ‘King James.’”
We rank the top 50 places to eat around Baltimore.
Each year, while the rest of our friends and family are reveling in the high holidays of food—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas—we’re feasting, too. But most of our bingeing has to do with the “Best Restaurants” issue. Starting in October, we actually visit every restaurant on last year’s list, while checking out new restaurants and other spots with a strong buzz, to make our...
Get the natural look that permanently stays put.
Tired of mascara that smudges, eye pencils that poke you, or lipstick that ends up everywhere but your lips? Have no fear, permanent makeup—applied by using traditional tattoo needles and ink—is here. “Permanent makeup has been around for a long time,” says makeup artist Gloria Brennan, who works out of a clinic in her Owings Mills home. “But we’ve been working at refining it and making it better...
Diana Mitchell, 32, nonprofit director: Do some Baltimore sightseeing like visiting the parks and monuments. Or check out some new neighborhoods like 401, Oliver, and Locust Point.
Christopher Catherman, 25, retail: Go sledding, and then stay warm inside and watch movies.
Camille G. Fesche, 32, attorney: I go skiing! That way I can enjoy the snow and the cold.
Diane Macklin, 48, reporter: My...
Expanded gambling is coming to Maryland, including live blackjack, poker, and roulette, and soon, a Las Vegas-style casino will open in South Baltimore. So, who wins?
Huge empty swaths of gray pavement in the vast parking lot don’t bode well for Perryville’s Hollywood Casino on a warm November Saturday night. Inside the VIP valet parking area, for example, sit exactly 14 cars. Past the front doors and the flashing lights, bells, and whistles, three-quarters of the plush, deep-cushioned chairs at Hollywood’s slot machines are empty as well.
In the casino’s...