Pick your favorite O's walk-off victory of 2012
Sept. 14, 2012
The first-place Baltimore Orioles, holders of a non-losing record for the first time since 1997, earned their seventh walk-off victory of the 2012 season on Thursday. Orioles Magic is alive and well as the Birds continue their pennant push. Are we having fun yet, Baltimore? Heck yes we are.
Asking a baseball fan to choose his or her favorite walk-off victory is akin to asking a child which snow day off from school they enjoyed the most. Any way round, you got what you wanted. Nevertheless, it still makes for fun topic of conversation. So let's give it a try.
Which of the Orioles' seven walk-off victories this season is your favorite? The choices are listed below in reverse chronological order.
One day after a carrying out a heads-up defensive play to preserve the lead and then scoring the winning run in a walk-off victory, 20-year-old rookie Manny Machado singles in the 14th inning to end the Orioles' run of losing seasons at 14.
Nate McLouth's RBI single scores Manny Machado. The O's earn a clutch victory down the stretch against division and Wild Card challenger Tampa Bay.
8-7 vs. Seattle, Aug. 7
Adam Jones' bases-loaded single scores Omar Quintanilla to give the Orioles the victory in 14 innings.
8-6 vs. Tigers, July 14
After the Tigers score in the top of the 13th inning, J.J. Hardy's homer ties the ballgame setting up Taylor Teagarden's heroics shortly thereafter. Teagarden's two-run homer to right in his second Orioles at-bat seals the deal.
5-4 vs. Philadelphia, June 10
Matt Wieters doubles home Adam Jones in the 10th inning to give the O's consecutive walk-off wins against the Phillies.
6-4 vs. Philadelphia, June 9
Adam Jones gets the first of his two walk-off hits in 2012, this one a two-run homer in the 12th inning. The blast comes just a month after Jones' three-run homer in the 17th inning clinched a road victory at Boston.
Wilson Betemit gives the Birds their first walk-off win of 2012 with a three-run homer to clinch an early season victory against the A's.
My verdict? Up until yesterday, I had the July 14 game against the Tigers as my favorite walk-off win of 2012. I freely confess that I had no faith in Teagarden that day as I watched the game at home. I even commented to my wife about it - I believe my words were "no chance" - given the poor quality of Teagarden's first two swings. And then, with a 1-2 count, he shut me up.
Here's a link to the video.
Billy Ripken, who took heat from Tigers fans, had this to say on the national broadcast: "I don't think anyone can write that script over again the same way."
It's a tough moment to top, but Thursday's win is ultimately the best one for me given its significance. The future of the franchise put the past to rest and kept the dream alive.