Will The Baltimore Orioles Cause The End Of The World?Posted: September 26, 2012
I have always been a Baltimore Orioles fan. I always will be. Even if they cause the end of the world, they will be my team. Truthfully, if they end the world, it will be partly my fault.
My brother and I went to our first major league baseball game with our dad at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. It was the first game of the 1973 American League Championship, the Birds vs the Oakland A’s. We sat in left field, Jim Palmer pitched, I saw Brooks and Frank and Boog and Mark and Earl. The O’s won the game. I’ll always remember that day.
The Orioles last won the World Series in 1983 (before that, 1966 & 1970). Things have been bleak since. I’m still a fan. The autographed Brooks Robinson photo my brother got me still hangs over my desk. With the team’s current ownership, I’ve looked forward to opening day only because I was pretty sure that would be my only chance to see the O’s on top of the standings. I am still a fan.
And now, there’s this year. The Orioles are in contention to win the American League East. They’re nearly assured a spot in the playoffs. Once they’re in the playoffs, The Series is one hot streak away. If they make it to the World Series, they could win. I’d be thrilled…but then, there is this little matter of the end of our planet.
Sometimes I Am Not An Optimist
In August, 2009, I wrote about the end of the world. “Experts” declared that the world would end late in 2012, coinciding with the end of the Mayan calendar. There was also a movie about the world ending in 2012.
My level of tolerance for end of the world talk was reached. I wrote of how pointless it was for a deity to choose a secret end date for the world, then create a calendar with that date conveniently encoded on it.
I mentioned that if I were going to set a date for the world to end, I wouldn’t do something as simple as the calendar running out of days. No, I’d choose something like the Baltimore Orioles winning the World Series.
Yes, I said that. I said it because, though I am a fan, I am also a realist. I was sure The Birds would never be world champs again. I could safely use my team’s ultimate success as the unlikely event that would trigger the apocalypse. We’d never come close to doomsday if the Baltimore Orioles had to bring home the World Series trophy to start it.
So Now Look Where We Are
Three years later, it is 2012, the year “experts” told us the Mayans foresaw as the end of it all. Simultaneously, the thing I was so confident would never happen that I bet the world on it is now very possible. The O’s are in the running; there’s only a week left in the season.
Coincidence? I don’t think so.
The world might really end if they win it all. In the name of Wild Bill Hagy, I hope they do. Bring on the end, I’ll go with a wondrous smile.