BOSTON This weekend, flights to Boston have been full of fans wearing orange, and while the predominant color around Fenway Park is still red, there are lots of Orioles fans mixed in.I think its very encouraging, manager Buck Showalter said.The Orioles are in the midst of their first winning season since 1997 while its the first Red Soxs losing year since then. Boston fans eager to unload their tickets have found lots of eager takers from Maryland.Ken and Lisa McGrain of Parkville, Md. were making their first trip to Fenway.Tickets were cheap, they were getting rid of their tickets, Ken McGrain said.Theyre doing so great we thought wed support them on the road, Lisa McGrain said.Its great to see all that. We finally have something to cheer for after all these years. Its been a great summer. Were looking forward to whats to come.Dave Mike and his son, Josh, both of Havre de Grace, Md., were wearing Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken jerseys.
I love it. Its a great turnaround. Times are changing, Dave Mike said.The Mikes were at a bar before Saturdays game near Fenway Park and said they saw more Orioles than Red Sox fans.Its a pilgrimage up here, Mike said.Showalter saw fans carrying signs supporting the Orioles during Friday nights game and feared for their safety.Weve seen a few of those signs at our place over the years, Showalter said.