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As many of the families can attest, the playoffs can be a game of hurry up and wait! Every day presents a different scenario, especially for families who experience the Wild Card rush. The Orioles didn’t experience that this year, so the families have had multiple days of rest between the two rounds.
For a little background this is my husband, Darren O’Day’s, fourth trip to the post season. Darren pitched for the Texas Rangers during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Both years he was lucky enough to make it to the World Series – losing to the Giants and Cardinals, respectively. Ironically, we’re watching both teams battle it out this year. Darren was also with the Orioles when the team made it to October in 2012.
That being said, every October opportunity is a blessing and no less of a rush. This year, however, is exceptionally exciting. Darren has developed irreplaceable friendships on the team, and it’s safe to say the same for the wives. The families on this team are a really unique group – the thought of these guys going all the way is a true blessing. It really couldn’t be a more deserving set of people.
For our family, it’s also an exciting time! In years past, Darren and I have lived apart during the season, even married. I’ve maintained my career as a reporter. This year, however, we are expecting our first, and I’ve started maternity leave as of the first of October. It’s really neat to be with him. I’ve underestimated what I missed, not only with the other women, but also my husband. Sometimes it is more than just the games, it’s also about the experience – and with your family.
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. The team came out of the gate really hot at home during the ALDS and they swept the Detroit Tigers in 3 games. They had clinched in the middle of September, which was a huge adrenaline rush, and it’s clear their momentum carried through to their trip to the Motor City. Albeit short, the trip was chilly and exciting.
Clinching on September 16th in Baltimore
Game 3 of the ALDS in Detroit
When we got back to Baltimore we were greeted by some of the most loyal fans in the city. The mood in Baltimore is electric. Certainly not unlike other cities in a similar situation, there are often rallies and early-arriving fans before each home game.
Fans in Baltimore after the ALDS
Now we’re awaiting Game 3 of the ALCS in a very rainy Kansas City. The team arrived late Saturday night after falling in the first two games. But no one is feeling deflated. It’s clear that this team can persevere through insurmountable odds, and this week is no exception!