It’s been six years since the Orioles last won a playoff series, when they swept the Detroit Tigers in the 2014 ALDS to advance to their first league championship series since 1997.
After several teams ended their own playoff-winning droughts this week, Baltimore posted a tweet remembering the anniversary of Delmon Young’s clutch bases-clearing double in Game 2 of that series.
Complete with a “Mean Girls” reference, the tweet showed a video of Young roping a double to left field that scored three runs and gave the Orioles the lead late with only three outs to play. The Orioles entered the inning trailing 6-3, hoping to make a comeback and push their series lead to 2-0. Steve Pearce drove in the first run before a J.J. Hardy walk brought up Young with the bases loaded.
Young delivered, putting his team ahead for good and Camden Yards went nuts. The Orioles won Game 3 and punched their ticket to the ALCS, where they were swept by the Kansas City Royals. Baltimore has reached the playoffs only once since, famously bowing out in the 2016 AL Wild Card Game after Buck Showalter left Zack Britton in the bullpen during extra innings.
But the Young hit might have been the high point of a strong run of three playoff appearances in five years from 2012 to 2016. It's what the young Orioles are trying to rebuild toward again.