In the past few months, all over Charm City, there was one topic dominating the conversation: Those amazing Orioles.
When you consider the expectations that national baseball observers—or most Baltimoreans, for that matter—had for the team in April, they were suddenly the come-from-behind kids, making us almost forget for a moment the 14 frustrating years of losses. For some younger fans, it was the first time in their lives they’d seen Charm City wave both the purple and the orange in October.
It was a phenomenon that rallied nearly every Baltimorean, not just the avid fans packing the stands at Camden Yards (also for the first time in years), but also those who swore they had faithfully followed the team the whole time. It even had those who had never seemed to care about the game substituting “Good morning” with “Go O’s.”
If we were to lose the American League Division Series, it was fitting that it should be to the dreaded Yankees, forever our nemesis and cultural opposite. And I suppose that if it had to happen, it was better it happened in the Bronx, and not at home, which would have popped Baltimore’s balloon even more painfully.
But most important, the performance by Buck’s boys this season in returning playoff baseball to Baltimore for the first time since 1997 filled us with new hope. Finally, in 2012, when fans say, “They’ll be back next year,” they’re actually saying it with conviction.
I’m happy to report we’re batting 1,000 in another arena, too: Our talented design team, lead by art director Amanda White-Iseli, was recognized for its work on the August 2011 issue. We are a finalist for Best Overall Design in our circulation category in FOLIO: magazine’s annual—and hotly contested—Eddie and Ozzie Awards, a competition spanning all corners of the magazine-publishing industry that recognizes the very best in editorial and design (think 300 judges and 2,000 entries). Congrats, Amanda!