It’s that cover that does it, really. The outfield celebration that saw so many different players join Adam Jones. We saw Markakis there, and Reimold there, and Nate McLouth. Did it matter who was there? We won, that’s what it meant - and when it was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, it meant even more. We won, and everybody knew it. The Orioles were winning. It’s real. It matters. I framed it on my wall. I scanned it and had it blown up into a poster thanks to a Korean printer with little respect for Copyright law. I had to. It was important.
Endy Chavez played 64 games for the Orioles in 2012. He hit .203. His first home run as an Oriole put us on the board on a game against the Rays we won on an error. His second home run, well, we lost that game. We were 41-23 in games he appeared in, and 20-14 in his starts. I’m not exactly sure about any of those games, but he was sure there.
Chavez is still beloved among New York Mets fans for his Game 7 catch in the 2006 NLCS where he robbed Scott Rolen of a home run, then made the throw that doubled off Jim Edmonds to keep the Mets’ World Series hopes alive. He has a plaque outside Citi Field, celebrating a huge play made in a game they lost.
The Orioles did not win the 2012 World Series. But damn if that image doesn’t mean something. Thanks, Endy.
2012 ORIOLES PROGRESS: 34 OF 53
2012 PLAYOFF ROSTER: 28 OF 29