BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Momentum is building in the Baltimore Orioles’ playoff push. Right now, the Orioles hold their biggest division lead in 17 years and the first of the Birds’ playoff game tickets are officially in the mail.
Christie Ileto explains excitement’s growing for the team, the fans and the city.
Big plays and big cheers. The playoff plot for the O’s is becoming real.
“You’ve got a 7.5 game lead, you better be thinking about the playoffs,” said Dave Larrick.
The Birds are hot right now with the largest lead of any division leader.
Dave Larrick is glued to the screen as the O’s battle the White Sox in Chitown.
Sports bars like Mothers say fan excitement is building.
“When they’re doing well, we’re doing well,” said Brandon Bicknese.
And for the third year in a row, playoff ticket invoices are being assembled.
“We certainly are taking our cues from the team and from Buck Showalter not to look too far ahead but we certainly need to plan as if we’re going to be in the post-season,” said Greg Bader.
Camden Yards holds almost 46,000 fans. In prior years, 90% of season ticket holders usually purchase playoff tickets.
The Birds made it to the post-season in 2012 for the first time in 15 years but lost to the Yankees. Last year, the team fell short of the playoffs.
“After 15 years of losing, you have to be cautiously optimistic, right?” said Larrick.
On the inside, Larrick and other O’s fans are banking on another trip to the playoffs.
As for post-season tickets, fans will be refunded their ticket price if the Orioles are eliminated from the playoffs.
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