BALTIMORE (AP) Not long ago, the prospect of a Baltimore Washington matchup in the World Series was nothing short of absurd.
As recently as 2011, the Orioles jerseys endured their 14th straight losing season. Forty miles south, the Nationals jerseys struggled through an eighth consecutive year without a winning record a streak that began when the team was in Montreal.
The Nationals jerseys and Orioles jerseys finished with the same record (96 66), clinched division titles on the same day and are now among eight teams with a shot of being 2014 major league champions.
Never mind that none of the remaining clubs have gone longer without being in the World Series than Washington (1933) and Baltimore (1983).
If all goes as planned for both clubs, the Nationals jerseys will come to Camden Yards on Oct. 21 for the opener of the World, er, Beltway Series.
Traffic on I 695, otherwise known as the Baltimore Beltway, and I 495, Washington equivalent, would be jammed with cars bearing flags of their favorite baseball teams.
think it would be insane for the cities 695, 495, would be insane, Orioles jerseys center field cheap Adam Jones jersey said. far away, but that something fun to think about. not?
got a great ballclub over there, we got a great ballclub over here, Baltimore right hander cheap Bud Norris jersey said. would bring two cities and two regions really close together to create something special. The fans would get into baseball jerseys form china it and it would be great for the area. the Los Angeles Angels jerseys and Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys emerge as winners in their leagues, they would engage in a Freeway Series. If it St. Louis and Kansas City, the teams would recreate the I 70 Series of 1985.
But the Beltway Series? That would be historic.
fan bases deserve it, Nationals jerseys owner Mark Lerner said. certainly feel great about our fan base, but I feel just as great about the Orioles jerseys fan base. There no better fans in all of baseball than Baltimore fans and they deserve a winner. I couldn be happier for that city. Orioles jerseys ended their run of losing seasons by reaching the playoffs in 2012 under the guidance of manager Buck Showalter, who has turned around a franchise that went into a funk after reaching the postseason in 1996 and 1997. Two years ago, Baltimore run ended with a loss to New York in the AL Division Series.
Similarly, Washington was eliminated in five games that year by St. Louis in the ALDS.
So now, here they are again, poised to make a run deep into October.
far as a Beltway Series, I like to be in the Series against anybody, Nationals jerseys general manager Mike Rizzo said. it Baltimore, great. I known Buck for a long time. We were together in Arizona (overseeing the Diamondbacks jerseys) for a long, long time. A good friend of mine. He a great manager, definitely the Manager of the Year in the American League.
got a great team, and they a scary team to play. But we take a Beltway Series. We take a Series in Anaheim. Or anywhere else, Rizzo added. just trying to get past the first round and see where we land. with the Orioles jerseys.
guess it jumping the gun a little bit, but you can allow yourself to imagine what it would be like, Baltimore closer cheap Zach Britton jersey said. would be neat. How many times have teams this close together played in the Series? That rivalry we have, it would be special, and there a chance it could happen. fans would love it. When the teams met during the regular season (Baltimore won three of four), orange clad Orioles jerseys fans helped fill Nationals jerseys Park and plenty of red shirts and hats crowded into Camden Yards.