I grew up going to Orioles games, and so I am sympathetic to Baltimore fans. Obviously, you know how I feel about the Red Sox. (Although you know I love Theo! And Jed Hoyer! And Youk!)
You could sense the national feeling of schadenfreude over the Orioles' epic comeback over the Red Sox last night.
Look: We all know that Boston is going to the playoffs. By all rights, they should be the favorite to win the World Series. So can't we have just one moment to give a Nelson Muntz-style: "HA-ha!"
Red Sox fans will rightly snoot that this was just a single game, a single loss. (FJM's Ken T. had a great tweet, about how this merely represents a -1 hit to Boston's season-total run differential.)
But I suspect that this was Orioles fans' version of a championship. The team is in last. There are some nice young parts, but they're not competing this season -- or probably a few after that.
(And the AL East is sizing up as so obliteratingly nasty -- not just this season, but for the foreseeable future -- that you wonder if the O's can ever compete, no matter how good they get.)
Every fan of a last-place team deserves SOMETHING -- some kind of consolation prize -- that even minimally offsets what is otherwise a terrible season.
(Even Lions fans got the consolation prize of the ignominy of "all-time" history. 0-16 was a better ending than 1-15. 0-16 is epic. 1-15 just sucks.)
This was Orioles fans' moment. (The tragic part is that given Boston's lead, I'll bet most O's fans turned off the game before the comeback began, only to wake up to the results.)
Red Sox fans have no reason to be defensive -- just take the mockery; you get the last laugh when you win the division, the AL pennant, the World Series. This will be a blip, if not forgotten.
But for Orioles fans, it is a season-maker.