Reporting Meghan McCorkell
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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The Orioles playoff dreams come down to Thursday night. The team must beat the Yankees to stay in the playoffs.
Meghan McCorkell has more from excited fans who are proud that the O’s made it this far.
From 15 losing seasons to the pride of Baltimore, it’s an O-mazing year for the Orioles.
“This year is the greatest year of my life! This is the first year that we’ve been in the playoffs in my life!” 12-year-old J.P. Smith said.
Ryan Wagner, the voice of Orioles, has a front row seat to this exciting ride.
“To have one of the best seats in the house and just be a part of all of the magic and all of the excitement that’s surrounded this team this year, it’s been amazing,” he said.
This year’s Orioles magic has some former players thinking back to their winning seasons.
“That’s Baltimore. They love their ballplayers,” Tippy Martinez, who played for the O’s from 1976 to 1986, said. “They back them. And the ballplayers love that. It makes you play harder. Brings back a lot of memories.”
“It’s nice to see a lot of the guys that have been a part of this team actually be able to go through it and experience this,” catcher Chris Hoiles, who played for the Orioles from 1989 to 1998, said.
The excitement of this O’s season is contagious for the Ciarlo family who is teaching their 5- and 1-year-old sons early.
“Our older son is there saying, ‘Manny, Manny!’” Amy Ciarlo said.
“Watching them enjoy it like we enjoyed it when we were kids, that’s the best part,” Mike Ciarlo said.
The passion for the orange and black is passed down to another generation.