Seventeen years ago, when the Baltimore Orioles last won the American League East title, I was single, worked in still Nationals-less Washington DC, and colored my hair every three months because I wanted to, not because I had to (damn you, gray hair!)
R.E.M. was still a band. Cal Ripken was still playing (every single day). My gold suede Hush Puppy oxfords were kitschy and cool.
(I wish I had those shoes back. I had forgotten all about them until just now. They were awesome.)
When you have to wait 17 years for something, it seems a bit sweeter maybe. I sniffled last night. (I’m getting a little teary-eyed just writing this.)
Even if you don’t love baseball. Even if you only read this because I asked you to. Let me have this moment, ok?
Here’s the moment …
Here’s the celebration that followed the moment …
“It’s one of those things you can’t describe.” ~ Orioles Rightfielder Nick Markakis
(I’m sure several Orioles are awaking today to mind-bending hangovers. I hope they rounded up all their children before they left the park.)
There will be baseball in October.
By the way, “Ain’t The Beer Cold!” was the “We Just Won” catch phrase of long-time Orioles radio announcer Chuck Thompson (1921-2005).