When a member of the media asked Adam Jones how he felt about the Orioles just missing a chance to celebrate clinching a playoff spot at home, the center fielder just bristled.
I dont care, he said. Who cares? Youre in, youre in. I dont care, nobody cares. We can do it at home or we can do it on the plane. We are going to party somewhere.
And guess what, boys and girls? Now, they can party all they want.
This is a party the Orioles have waited a long time for, 15 years in a fact. The Orioles last made the playoffs in 1997 and then experienced a seemingly endless stream of frustrations since then.
If anything bad could happen, it did. If there was any kind of bad luck around, it seemed to fall on the Orioles. They were once a powerhouse of baseball that won the World Series in 1966, 1970 and 1983.
But then it all fell apart after 1997.
Everything seemed to turn around after they brought in Buck Showalter as the manager on Aug. 3, 2010. Showalters been a success in some form wherever hes been.
He changed a lot of the way things were done at Camden Yards, something that Boston manager Bobby Valentine mentioned when talking to the media after the Orioles beat his team on Sunday.
Valentine said there used to be a losing culture around these parts, but it looks like theyve turned that around.
General Manager Dan Duquette's certainly played a big role in that this year with all he's done. And people shouldn't forget how Andy MacPhail laid the foundation for a good chunk of this season's success.
What happened Sunday is the kind of bad luck that used to frustrate the team. They beat Boston, 6-3, to reduce their playoff magic number to one.
After the game, the Orioles came out on to the field to watch the end of the Texas-Los Angeles game on the video board while most of the crowd remained. It looked like it was building up to be a very explosive, emotional moment as the Rangers held a one-run lead with two outs in the ninth.
Thats when Torii Hunters two-run double for the Angels helped them to a 5-4 victory. In the past, that kind of thing might have knocked the Orioles down a peg or two. After the game, though, they just shrugged it off.
That why Jones said it didnt matter, they were going to have a party somewhere.
And theyve certainly earned that right.