Orioles fans in New York City flock to the Horsebox
The scene at the Horsebox (Photo for the Baltimore Sun by Josh Adams / October 10, 2012)
The Horsebox was packed with Orioles fans, making it feel like a little slice of Fells Point in the East Village. The familiar Oriole Bird hat was in full display among the patrons and when Ryan Flaherty went deep in the third inning, an ear-splitting "Let's go O's!" chant erupted. Even the bartender was wearing a "Bohlieve" shirt and an Orioles cap.
Most of the Orioles fans I talked to are Maryland transplants from Towson, Catonsville and Laurel. They live now in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Most go back to Baltimore and catch a couple of games a year at Camden Yards. There were two Yankees fans who were pretty silent throughout the game, but some muffled cheers went up when Derek Jeter hit a triple over Adam Jones' head. I talked to a father and son who have lived in NYC their entire lives but have rooted against the Yankees. They were beside themselves at the O's success this year.
No one I talked to claimed to have seen this year's success coming. This season has been such an unexpected pleasure, it's been a happy dilemma to find an Orioles bar to congregate. What everyone with an O's hat agreed on in a small corner bar in New York City was their common love for the Orioles, and they were all happy to finally find a place away from home that felt like Charm City. Win or lose.
Josh Adams is a columnist for www.stadiumjourney.com and www.fbschedules.com. Follow Josh on Twitter on @joshthescribe
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