That is why Adam Jones is one of the few athletes worth following on Twitter. The sentiment is also why the O’s received mild criticism for reveling in their victory and Boston’s late-season collapse.
Baltimore finished strong this year, but finishing strong in Baltimore only means avoiding 100 losses. For the sixth straight year, the O’s failed to crack 70 wins. They haven’t won 80 in 14. Think about how miserable that must be for those in the organization. It’s miserable enough for me as a fan. Every single player and coach on this team only knows failure, at least since they came to Baltimore. This is Birdland.
On the other side of the diamond, Boston has known nothing but success, at least for the better part of a decade. Much of it’s due to talent and good fortune, but some of it’s due to their competitive advantage in the payroll department. Boston’s players made $161 million this year. Baltimore’s made $85M. In previous years the disparity has been even more severe.
And over the years the O’s have had a front-row seat to the lopsidedness. Getting Boston for 18 games a year is one thing. Having their fans invade your park for nine of those games, year after year, is another. It’s no wonder things get testy. It’s no wonder Baltimore wanted this, and got zealous when they won, ending the Red Sox season.
They weren’t overzealous, though. It was their biggest game of the year, and it was their biggest win of the year. In that sense, it was their World Series, and they won it. Let them jump and shout if they like.
It may seem silly from afar, maybe. But get home safely, Red Sox fans.