BALTIMORE — When the gates at Camden Yards opened for the Baltimore Orioles’ final game of the season two hours before first pitch on Sunday afternoon, long lines of orange and black had already snaked around the outside of the ballpark.
A season that began with lofty expectations ended with the Orioles falling short of the postseason. After 14 losing seasons, last season’s playoff appearance raised the bar of success.
These Orioles didn’t match the achievements of last season, but the team ended 2013 with 85 wins following a 7-6 comeback win over the AL East-winning Boston Red Sox in front of the seventh sellout crowd of the season.
“Our guys, it’s more than just them expecting,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said. “I don’t think anybody felt last year was good enough, as evidenced by the competitiveness again that came in — and will be again. These guys, you are not always going to be laying in the weeds, Cinderella, all that stuff. ”
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who received the annual Most Valuable Oriole award before the game, left the game after suffering a left wrist sprain following a collision with Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury at first base in the top of the fourth inning.