As most of you know, I'm a freshman in college and this is really the first year of my life that the Orioles have been good.
I'm a Ravens fan as well, so I know how it feels to follow a winning team, but I've never had that feeling about a baseball team. The weeks seem long when you are waiting for NFL Sunday, and the games feel super important each week because as we all know the Ravens are usually pretty good and each game means a lot.
It's weird. Now, with the Orioles contending for the vision, every single game feels like a Sunday. Knowing that each game is so important is great, and I now feel that anticipation of Sunday football every single day because of the Orioles.
When I watch the Ravens, my phone is in my pocket and I watch without a computer. When the Orioles used to be terrible, I usually just watched while doing homework or talking to friends. Not anymore. Knowing what each game means it's pretty much impossible for me to use the computer or do homework at the same time.
I've been on campus for two weeks now here at Towson. The amount of Orioles gear worn around school compared to Ravens is pretty remarkable. I thought there would be buzz, but it's great to see the younger fans really into this team.
Everywhere you go you can find students talking Orioles baseball. Even today after the Ravens win, the Orioles talk didn't fade too much.
It would be pretty disappointing if the Orioles fail to reach the playoffs. But either way, I'm thankful they've given me the opportunity to experience following a winning baseball team, and they have without a doubt restored the interest of their younger fans.