The Baltimore Sun
10:26 AM EDT, October 9, 2012
Here's a roundup of what other media outlets are saying about the Orioles' win over the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Division Series and more:
• CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman talks about the ALDS as the series shifts to New York.
The exuberant Orioles fans at Camden Yards were all handed white towels to wave, but it certainly didn't represent a symbol for their team, which has plenty of fight left, it turns out. The hometown Birds, showing characteristic pluck and poise, is back even with the $200 million neighbors to the north, the most surprisingly common position all year.
The Orioles head to New York with a real chance against the despised Yankees in the Division Series after beating Andy Pettitte, the winningest pitcher in postseason history, and a Yankees team with possibly five Hall of Famers in its lineup -- the latest in a string of improbable accomplishments during the Orioles' impossible season. Buck's boys lack glamour or name recognition, but they believe.
And why not?
• Tom Verducci of SI.com has a few tidbits on Monday night's game, including how the Orioles won even if it wasn't pretty.
You best not keep trying to figure out this Oriole team. They did not play a clean Game 2 by any means. Shortstop J.J. Hardy let a grounder go through his legs, which almost never happens in the big leagues. He also got deked by Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on what should have been a two-out run. (He should have picked up his third-base coach or seen the ball past shortstop Derek Jeter, but did neither.) Rightfielder Chris Davis dove for a leadoff pop fly without having any shot of catching it, which was confirmed by his palm facing down as the ball hit the ground -- an error in judgment that allowed an extra base to set up a run. Catcher Matt Wieters failed to tag a runner who should have been out by a mile and let a fastball pass right under his glove, allowing two runners to move up.
But these are the Orioles, who somehow win close games without any style points. With the 3-2 win in Game 2, Baltimore is now 30-9 in one-run games. That's just absurd. And this was only the fifth time they won a one-run game without a home run.
• ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews points out how even the Orioles and Yankees have been so far this season.
The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles have now played 20 games against each other this season.
Each has won 10 of those games and lost 10 of those games. The run differential over those 20 meetings is a scant two runs: 99 for the Yankees, 97 for the Orioles.
And after Monday night's 3-2 Orioles victory at Camden Yards, the American League Division Series is knotted at one game apiece.
• The New York Times recaps the entire game, including highlights and analysis of the Orioles' win.
After a 2-2 tie lingered for much of Game 1 of the American League division series, the Yankees rallied late to beat the Orioles in Baltimore, sparked by a ninth-inning home run by Russell Martin and strong pitching from C.C. Sabathia.
[Monday night], the Orioles even the series after the Yankees failed to provide offense behind a strong showing from pitcher Andy Pettitte. Zach Schonbrun, with help from Times reporters and editors, offered up updates and live analysis from Camden Yards during Game 2 of the A.L. division series.
• George A. King III of the New York Post talks with infamous Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier, who -- good news, Orioles fans -- says he won't be at Yankee Stadium during the ALDS.
Orioles fans can sleep well knowing Jeffrey Maier isn't going anywhere near the Yankees-O's ALDS.
"Tell them I am going to watch it sitting in my living room over the fireplace on a Samsung," Maier told The Post from his southern New Hamphsire home Saturday night.
Maier, now 28, was a 12-year-old sitting in the right-field seats at Yankee Stadium for Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS between the Yankees and Orioles. With Baltimore ahead, 4-3, Derek Jeter lofted a fly ball to right that Maier got a hand on while appearing to having his arms over the wall and in play with Tony Tarasco waiting to catch it.
• The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa profiles Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
The era of the crusty, all-powerful, all-knowing manager is over. Nowadays, new-school front offices view the manager as a mere middleman, like some kind of deputy regional sales manager. Players view them with increasingly less reverence. Nobody calls them "skipper" anymore.
But Baltimore is different. Baltimore is a relic. Fans, players and team executives alike are all true believers in the Cult of Buck.
The Orioles' slogan is "BUCKle Up," with the first name of manager Buck Showalter in all caps. It is displayed on billboards over highways, on signs around Camden Yards and on T-shirts worn by players.
• Newsday's Anthony Rieber writes about catcher Matt Wieters' role in the Orioles' resurgence this season.
As catcher Matt Wieters grew up, so did the Baltimore Orioles.
Wieters was the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft. He suffered through some growing pains after making the majors in 2009, but he was an All-Star in 2011 and again this season.
The Orioles lost 93 games in 2011. They won 93 along with the AL wild-card game in 2012.
• Before Game 2, Grantland's Shane Ryan discussed the Orioles-Yankees series, noting his preference -- as a Yankees fan -- to face the Orioles over the Texas Rangers.
But here's the thing -- I was certain, in a way that most people will find smug, that the Yankees wouldn't lose to the Orioles. They're our little brother. They can't win.
[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]