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People were mad at the Orioles’ celebration on Wednesday night?

Sep 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

Orioles players celebrate their win over the Red Sox in Baltimore

I, like most people, was lost in all of the chaos of Wednesday night. So forgive me if I missed people complaining about the Orioles’ celebrating their walkoff win that eliminated the Red Sox from the postseason.  But according to Steve Melewski of MASN, “some fans and media members were whining about the Orioles celebration.”

Really?  It seems to me that if you’re affiliated with the Red Sox in any way, you pretty much lost your right to complain about this kind of thing for a good long while. Epic collapses will do that.

If Robert Andino gets plunked by Red Sox pitchers next season it would be pretty low rent in my view.

  1. shaggylocks - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Doesn’t every team that wins a game with a walk-off have a little celebration? Dogpiles and jumping and all that? It’s just the way the game is played.

    Still, as a Sawx fan, it does feel a little like they’re rubbing our misfortune in our faces. It’s a raw wound, so I’m not surprised people are upset by it.

    • Panda Claus - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      Rubbing misfortune in our faces is what has been happening for several years as RedSoxNation fans invade Camden Yards like roaches and then start up their obnoxiously preppy “Let’s Go Red Sawwwx” cheers in the first inning.

      Please forgive our 93-loss team from finally having something to celebrate.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:58 PM

        Some Red Sox fans are poor losers.Do Red Sox players get a bit worked up when their team wins? Of course they do. Some fans of other teams might view victory celebrations by Red Sox teams as being very obnoxious.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM

        Same with the Phillies infestations at Nationals Park. Last September, I watched from my seat as the Phillies (and their obnoxious fans) celebrated winning the NL East. I never blamed the players; they had won, and weren’t at all obnixious. But it did make all those Nats wins over the Phillies this season that much sweeter.

      • marshmallowsnake - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:55 PM

        If they played well all year they would have something to celebrate…but since the stunk, it was not called for.

    • mabunar - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:38 PM

      Yeah, I guess I’m just not seeing the point of this post. Some people were unhappy, who? I haven’t heard a single person mention anything about the Orioles celebration up here in the greater Boston area…was it Shaugnessy? If so, just ignore that permed freak. Everyone up here does.

  2. dlindstedt2 - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Get over it. Who cares that it eliminated a team. It also got a team in. How about those apples.

    This is all about team success. They didn’t make it to the playoffs sure, but they did win the game. They did end their season on a good note. They didn’t have the biggest collapse like Boston did.

    If anyone is to blame it is Boston. Screw the haters, haters have nothing better to do than hate. Just get over it.

  3. Joe - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    I’m a Red Sox fan, and I have no problem with the Orioles celebration. It was probably the highlight of their season, so let them enjoy it.

    As hinted at above – you don’t want to see the other team celebrate like that? Beat them.

    • spudchukar - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      Yup, right on. You have two choices either beat ’em or don’t watch.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      As a Sox fan watching the game — on MASN, because I live in Maryland — I had no problems with the celebration. It felt like the Red Sox lost a playoff series, and it felt appropriate that the team that beat them would be celebrating.

      It was only after a few seconds of it — Gary Thorne going nuts, etc. — that I thought, “Wait, what are THEY so happy about?”

      • natstowngreg - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        Also watched on MASN (in Northern Virginia). Thorne’s comment seconds before Andino hit the ball, asking if the Baseball Gods were laughing, was priceless. In a miserable, underachieving season, this was the Orioles’ moment.

      • cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:27 PM

        T’was all they had to show for the season and i don’t begrudge them one bit. They suffered a lot, the O’s, losing so much like they did. I hope this is the Rubicon for them. They beat arguably the best in the Sox. When it really mattered, too. If they can carry that attitude effort and philosophy into next season, they’ll be great. It’ll be long over due IMO.

    • bloodysock - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      Agree as well. It was their World Series and they had a right to enjoy it.

  4. nolanwiffle - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    I thought it was awesome! They clearly relished the role of playing the spoiler, and were elated when they did it successfully.

    We always want our professional athletes to act like they care and not “mail it in”. These guys obviously cared……. and are taking criicism?

  5. sandpiperair - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Doesn’t anybody think that game winning celebrations are getting out of hand in general? You regularly see teams that are going nowhere celebrate like they’ve won the World Series. I was hoping things would settle down a bit after the Kendrys Morales injury, and when Coghlan hurt himself delivering a shaving cream pie. Sadly, this has not happened. On that note, isn’t the pie in the face completely played out? Does anybody think it’s fun or clever at this point?

    The Orioles celebration was in line with any other– they’re ALL out of control.

    • clydeserra - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:13 PM

      Yes, they are getting out of hand. Celebrating a walk off victory is OK, but some of the Icky shuffle stuff is disproportionate to the meaning of the game. (like when the closer blows the lead then the team scores in the bottom of the inning.)

      But as the the Orioles Wednesday, well, they have been beaten down by the Red Sox and Yankees and now Rays since Jeffery Maier gave Jeter the HR. All the guys in the system and on the team come up knowing that, as long as they are on the Orioles, they are not going to be in the playoffs or world series like they have been dreaming of their entire lives. And here they are preventing one of the teams that keep them from winning from going to the post season. Let them have their fun.

    • scatterbrian - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:38 PM

      I agree it’s out of hand, and should be limited to clinching games. Regular season, non-clinching wins shouldn’t be celebrated like the end of The Natural. There’s the old saying: “act like you’ve been there.”

      • scatterbrian - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:22 PM

        Obviously I’m in the minority on this one, but that’s fine by me. Especially based on comments saying a team earned the right to talk trash or that they showed up the opponent. I’m not that old, but I remember when a win did all the talking for you, without dogpiles or corny dances….

    • mabunar - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      I think the celebration was fine. They didn’t have a champagne waterfall or anything, they got excited and ran amuck on the field. Hell, the fans should have stormed the field and celebrated with them just because they finally showed so much life.

  6. aceshigh11 - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Oh, c’mon…a walk-off is a walk-off.

    They showed up one of the (supposedly) best closers in the business when he was fighting with every fiber in his being to get his team to the playoffs.

    That’s worthy of a celebration on their part.

    I’m a Sox fan and thought nothing of it. I’m sure Showalter LOVED playing the spoiler role.

    • mabunar - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      Yes, a lot of media people up here need to eat crow about comments made about Buck and the O’s…of course they’ll never admit it, but every year they crap on Baltimore’s team and fans. I didn’t say ownership, because I think they deserve the crap. I’d like to see the O’s do a lot better, seems like everytime they show a glimpse of promise, they aren’t able to follow up the next season. Curse of BJ Ryan?

  7. crispybasil - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    I’ll chime in with the perspective from another Sox fan. The Orioles earned their celebration, and Robert Andino earned his trash talk by crushing the souls of Boston fans. Was I pissed? Of course, but it was because the Sox got spanked, not becuase the Os celebrated a victory they deserved and earned.

    What I thought was a little much was the “We fought hard and never gave up” story line that started to emerge among Orioles players and fans after. Having caught a decent amount of Orioles games against the Sox and other teams this year, I wouldn’t say they “fought hard” until the last two weeks or so.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    After years of playing their home games in YS/Fenway South, I don’t blame these guys one bit for celebrating over the misfortune of one of those teams.

    Remember the Rays big turnaround a few years back came from Maddon emphasizing a winning culture and confidence around the team. This might be the start of something for them. They are only 2-3 good pitchers away from being a force themselves.

  9. bigleagues - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    I’m not mad. The Orioles haven’t had much to celebrate in recent years.

    They could have popped champagne bottles on the field for all I care (I’m sure there were a few cases waiting outside the Sox clubhouse – ya know – just in case).

  10. stinkfist5 - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    They beat up a couple of playoff teams before they got their claws into the Saux. I have been a little frustrated the past 10 years or so with the O’s(I’m 24 so I’ve only seen a few winning seasons by the O’s). But, as Crawford botched that catch, I felt like we finally frustrated someone else. I smiled…then fell asleep.

  11. dowhatifeellike - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Winners get to choose how they celebrate. Losers go home.

  12. dailyrev - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    That was their playoff, their game 7 of the WS. For what, about 3 minutes after it was over, the Sawx still had a chance of going on. But for the O’s, the season was over.

    Now a good point that should continue to be raised is this: those walkoff celebrations are dangerous. That kid who broke his leg during one in Anaheim last season didn’t make it back this year, and the Halos probably could have used his bat during their own failed stretch run. So yes, professionalism — acting like you’ve been there and done it before — is both saner and safer than group hoopla at home plate.

    The only possible criticism of this specific event is of that “NOT IN OUR HOUSE” mentality, which is typical of the NFL crowd. But it’s a factor: one thing I noted about that other disaster, the one in Atlanta, was the Phillies’ rather muted congratulations around the mound after the last out. They were visitors who had just wrought desolation to the home dugout, and they were aware of it; so they behaved like pros in refraining from a silly celebration that would only have made it worse for their collapsed opponent.

    But again, those points made, the O’s should not be subject to any specific criticism for what they did Wed. night. It was their playoff game won, and maybe a springboard for next season. I think the Sawx have bigger issues than to carry a grudge about how the O’s behaved Wed. night.

    • dowhatifeellike - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      The difference is that the Phillies had already secured their playoff spot; they have bigger goals to focus on. If you’re that Orioles team, shutting the door on Boston’s playoff hopes is the greatest possible outcome for you with 10 games left to play.

    • sandpiperair - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      It’s only their playoff game because they played so badly for the first 161 games that could not contend for the real playoffs. I agree with your other points, but being bums for a full season shouldn’t justify any possible inappropriate behavior at the end.

  13. illcomm - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Craig. Your wife is like a slab of ice. Cold and frigid. I warmed her up a bit.

  14. illcomm - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Craig. My apologies on the comment of your wife. Your comment about my mom got the better of me.

  15. rcali - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    A well deserved celebration. The only thing the Orioles had to play for in the month of September is to screw other teams chances of making the playoffs. They pulled it off nicely.

  16. illcomm - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    its not that I don’t believe you are capable of good articles. you do have your moment. its just your blog type comments that sometimes are just a waste of space.

    • cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      Dude, really, you take all this far too seriously. Chillax. It’s just baseball; have a good time. As far as baseball goes, that’s like a rule or something, innit?

      • jimbo1949 - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:57 PM

        please refrain from nourishing the bridge sub-structure symbionts.

  17. mabunar - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Slow afternoon Craig? This was a waste-of-spacer. A few fans were unhappy about Baltimore celebrating? Whoop-de-freaking-do! I think this was a ‘low-rent’ attempt at either getting another jab in at Red Sox fans or diverting attention from that other team that failed to get the job done in September.

  18. mrjavascript - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    I was at the game Wednesday night… I’m an O’s fan but wore a Rays hat. I sat in the lower left field box with some other Red Sox fans (actually lots of Red Sox fans.) Before the rain delay, one guy in the Red Sox Nation saw my Rays hat and said “they’re not doing too well tonight, huh?”

    After the rain delay Boston’s bullpen was doing quite well. One guy in the LF corner screamed “COME ON RED SOX NATION, LET’S WAKE UP!” Then Pap comes out of the bullpen and everyone in the section was in hysteria… there were two girls bowing to him, saying “WE’RE NOT WORTHY!” It was disgusting to watch, especially when Pap got the first two outs of the inning on strike outs. Then Davis doubled. I was still depressed. Then Nolan doubled him home, tying the game and I yelled “COME ON RED SOX NATION, I CAN’T HEAR YOU!” Got some angry looks… then Andino singled him home and the rest is history.

    On the way out of the concourse, I heard a girl next to me grab her phone and said “THE RAYS WON?” All the Red Sox fans in the area were shocked… and the O’s showed the Longoria walkoff on the jumbo tron.

    It was sweet to be there and be part of this. In regards to the O’s celebrating, who cares? All the Red Sox fans would have been doing the same in our home park if they got the win. Heck most of the fans who came to the game aren’t even real Red Sox fans and know their team’s history. I sat next to a fan in his 20s from MA and he was well-knowledged about the team and knew the history. The fans that saw the movie Fever Pitch are the ones that brought forth this Red Sox Nation entitlement notion that’s out there today.

  19. deep64blue - Sep 30, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    If they were upset at that I hope they weren’t watching when the Rays victory was announced – the crowd went absolutely mental!

    Personally I thought it was awesome – if you can’t win a place yourselves at least take pride in doing your best to keep the other guy out.

  20. kinggw - Sep 30, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    I thought the celebration was over the top. What are they celebrating? We’re in the basement of the AL East again! Hooray we have another top 5 draft pick! I understand being happy about winning a game and taking it to a rival whose fans practically call your building home, but carrying on like they won the pennant was a bit much.

  21. havlicekstoletheball - Sep 30, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    The Orioles played like something was at stake. The Sox didn’t. The Orioles hung in and made plays when it counted, with key hits and glove/arm work. The Sox didn’t.

    The Orioles played like a contender. The Sox didn’t.

    The Red Sox committed the unpardonable sin of making me not give a damn about them. Been a fan for 40+ years, and this is the first time. Good teams make good plays when they need them. Bad teams don’t. The Red Sox were baseball’s worst team in September.

    Let the Orioles celebrate. I hope like hell that it stung to watch it from the visitors’ dugout.

    • 1historian - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:16 AM

      You HOPE – You, sir are a master of understatement

      Love that handle. ‘The bouncing buckeye’.

  22. 1historian - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:04 AM

    When a team is at least

  23. 1historian - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    When a team is good year after year its fans get obnoxious and arrogant – that is one of the bennies of having a good team. When that team comes into your town and starts beating on YOUR team as if has for years and YOUR team stands up to them and comes back and beats them and not only beats them but ruins their season – you get to celebrate. And so does your team.

    The obnoxious and arrogant fans (I am a Patriots fan, don’t care about the sox) – we have a few choices – 1) congratulate the team – and their fans – that beat yours, or 2) stfu, or 3) both.

    More power to the Birds.

    Congratulations, Orioles.

  24. 1historian - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    OMT and I’m outa here – this is a stupid piece about a nothing subject. The guy must get paid by the word.

  25. sparkycon - Oct 1, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    The Orioles, despite their record played hard all year, and deserved to celebrate their spoiler role in my opinion. Of course, I’m a Yankee fan…

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