The Baltimore Orioles have been swept out of the ALCS by the Kansas City Royals. That was an unceremonious end to the team’s best season since 1997. I’m still stunned.
The Orioles had a truly magical season. They lost Matt Wieters to injury after just 26 games and Manny Machado after 82. Newly mortal but still spectacular slugger Chris Davis missed the playoffs to suspension for taking adderall without permission. And yet they found new talent in improbable places: Steve Pearce’s out-of-nowhere slugging, Nelson Cruz’s redemption tour, Zach Britton’s heavy-gravity closing, and whatever the hell you would call Ryan Flaherty and whatever the hell it is that Ryan Flaherty does.
The Orioles dominated the AL East and swept the ferocious Detroit Tigers in the ALDS. And though they were felled by the Kansas City Royals in four straight, blooper-filled, small-ball disasters, I still love the Orioles. If you love them– or Maryland at all– I’ve made some shirts that might interest you.
(If you’re not from Maryland and/or hate us for this stuff, just skip over this one! We still love you.)
If you asked me, the Maryland flag, based on the Calvert coat of arms, is the most glam rock of all the state flags. If Freddy Mercury had to wear a cape with one state flag on it, he’d definitely pick Maryland. Maryland rules. So does this shirt. Therefore, you must buy this shirt.
With “Crash the net” in old-timey baseball script and everyone’s favorite shade of orange, this sharp-looking shirt lets everyone know your precise constellation of fanhood.
You’re gonna get a few questions when you put this one on. It’s your call how to answer, but here are two thoughts: just say you’re a Caps fan who reads RMNB and loves Baltimore baseball, or cop an attitude and be like “if you don’t get it, *scoff*, then you don’t get it.” I know which I’d do.
Finally, let’s post this bad boy again because it made an appearance during the ALCS and it’s one of our best sellers. It’s our Mannyland shirt which honors the Orioles’ All-Star third baseman.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) October 11, 2014
Here’s Machado posing with RMNB reader Rachel at Fenway Park after he noticed she was wearing this shirt.
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