From Spring Training to the playoffs, 2012 was a phenomenal year in baseball. Especially for O’s and Nats fans. The Washington Nationals brought new excitement to the area with their run to the postseason and interesting cast of characters. The team inspired Natitude throughout the city having an impact not only on the fans but on everything from politics, economics, and pop culture to — kittens?
Up in Baltimore, the Orioles and their amazing season were having a similar impact. The entire city and surrounding areas supported the team in a variety of ways from the mayor holding an Orioles rally to schools “going orange” in support of the team. Even the Baltimore Ravens participated in Orange Wednesdays. The result was increased local pride and an intensified love affair between the Orioles and their fans. Of course, we already love our O’s, but seeing them in the postseason made us love them even more!
So, what’s in store for 2013? My prediction is that these two teams will continue to excite their fans and surprise baseball throughout the 2013 season. They will definitely have a sociological impact on Washington and Baltimore for years to come.
Happy New Year!