2012 Baltimore Sports Year In Review: Orioles Edition
(FYI I found all these GIFs/videos/photos on random google searches. Since I don't know where or who made them but let's just credit SB Nation, Russell Street Report, Camden Chat, Orioles Hangout, B'More Birds' Nest, Camden Crazies, Baltimore Sun's Orioles Insider, and Baltimore Sports Report in case any of these are from their sites. Also thanks to the thousands of tumblr posts I dug through to find all these gems. I love you all. Well most of you.)
The Orioles started their magical 2012 season with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Arrieta pitched a gem on Opening Day and the O's got a possible good luck charm when "Batman" jumped over the centerfield wall and ran his drunk ass all over the field.
Then Mark Reynolds whored Buck in Beantown....
Then Crush Davis struck out Adrian Gonzalez in Beantown.
The O's picked up Nate McLouth off the street on June 5th and he quickly became not only their starting left fielder but a major catalyst in the offense. Plus he has the greatest intro music since Ric Flair.
A couple days later the Crush Davis legend continued when he hit a home run at Camden Yards while simultaneously breaking his bat.
By the All-Star break it was clear that this team was for real. Once the players and the fans both started believing the Orioles were unstoppable.
Even Thorne and Palmer were feeling it...
On August 9th the Orioles called up uber prospect Manny Machado, who delivered a two homer game in his second major league game.
He even found time to create a cool handshake with Andino...
And make one of the sickest defensive plays you'll ever see...
Mark Reynolds was a completely different player defensively when the team moved him to 1st base. Check out this late season catch over the tarp.
Here's a video of McLouth's walkoff hit against the Rays in September. Amazing clarity for a cell phone video by the way.
Here's another great video of the Orioles celebrating their first playoff victory since 1997.
The Orioles eventually fell to the hated Yankees in the playoffs but that didn't diminish the atmosphere in Charm City. Baltimore was a baseball city again.
Here is a video the Orioles put together at the end of the season to thank the fans for coming out and supporting the team during this unbelievable season.
Three Orioles won Gold Glove awards following the season.