With the fate of the American League East being played out Wednesday in New York and St. Petersburg, Fla., Orioles fans need to be soaking up the warm feelings of the O's postseason bid all that they can for the rest of this week.
Not to be too much of a Debbie Downer, but by this weekend, the season could be over.
The downside of the extra wild-card team is the one-game playoff that goes with it. If tonight an Orioles win isnt matched with a Yankees loss, forcing a one-game showdown Thursday at Camden Yards for the division title, the Os are headed for Friday's wild-card game.
It could be one-and-done. And that just doesn't seem right.
The Orioles' conventional-wisdom-defying, Baltimore-baseball-reviving season deserves better than the anticlimax of a one-game playoff exit.
Playing in the AL Division Series, the Orioles would extend their season at least until about the middle of next week. That would give everyone more time to bask in the glory of the counterintuitive achievement of this season.
And after what fans have been through in the previous 14 seasons, don't they at least deserve that? After all, given how this year has unfolded, some fans may not be done pinching themselves yet.