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Orioles Clinch: Let's Soak It In
The. Rebuild. Is. Over.
Some of us fans were here when things hit the fan. When the great 2018 sell-off happened and we received peanuts on the dollar.
We were here for Adam Jones and Buck Showalter’s last games in an Orioles uniform.
We survived the seasons when Stevie Wilkerson was the everyday center fielder.
When Asher Wojciechowski and Thomas Eshelman pitched regular innings.
When Tommy Millone, of all people, started on opening day.
Andrew Velasquez as the shortstop. The Ryan Mountcastle-as-a-left-fielder experience.
Getting excited about a pitch called a “dead fish.”
Pat Valaika and Maikel Franco as “meaningful” contributors.
Cole Sulser and Adam Plutko as “valuable” relievers.
We also remember, vividly, all of the times when the national media questioned the approach that Mike Elias had in rebuilding this club. Vividly remember.
This is why when you’ve hung in as long as I and others have, this hits you in the feels.
The season is not over. The Orioles still need to clinch the AL East. But the rebuild is over. And the Orioles are, finally, back where they belong.