As PressBox celebrates its 10th anniversary, Stan "The Fan" Charles posed a question on Facebook, asking fans to share their greatest sports memory from the past 10 years. Whether they were there in person or watching on TV, whether it was the play on the field or the people around them, here are the top highlights from some of our readers:
The Ravens' second Super Bowl victory in 2012. It was a fun ride through the playoffs, and to top it off, we got to see Joe Flacco raise that trophy!
Joe Flacco's long heave to Jacoby Jones into the freezing cold night in Denver.
The Delmon Young game, and it's not close for me. Never in my life have I seen Oriole Park explode like that.
Mary Ellen Iwata:
One of my favorite Orioles moments was when Chris Davis had to pitch because we ran out of pitchers after 15 innings. He pitched two shutout innings, and we won the game. I've loved him ever since.
The Ravens' AFC Championship Game win against New England. The Ravens' win against New England was especially significant since the Ravens avenged their loss to New England the year before. Winning in New England doesn't happen very often, and the Ravens were dominant in the second half. The Patriots were so arrogant, and the Ravens put them in their place.
Well … for me personally, it was the University of Maryland women's basketball team winning a national title. I was given a ring and wear it proudly. The win against Duke was as good of a game as you will ever see.
By far, Game Two of the 2014 ALDS with the Tigers when Delmon Young doubled home the three game-winning runs with his double to left field. … So many things set up the moment, including when Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain sarcastically tipped his cap to the OPACY crowd when he was introduced (he also had a meltdown that aided an Orioles win in the series opener). Chamberlain didn't face Young, but he left with the bases loaded.
It is, by far, the most joyous event I have personally attended (my wife and I sat in left-center. The high-fives and smiles on Eutaw Street as everyone left after the meeting made you feel like it was a family reunion with a cast of thousands -- and it honestly felt like everyone was great friends, not a stranger in the crowd.
The 2012 Wild Card game in Texas.
Do-or-die game, and Joe Saunders pitched well enough for the O's to win and advance to the ALDS.
I've worked or attended a lot of sporting events in my life, but the single greatest experience in person was in 2014 when Delmon Young had OPACY rocking the way stadiums in South America shake during a soccer match. Just typing this flashes me back to that day, and the chills are very real. I remember everything about that moment, as if it happened just five minutes ago. Fortunately, I have that ALDS game on my DVR as well, and I watched that at bat a lot last season when things weren't going so well for the Birds. Young should go into the Orioles HOF for that single swing. Ha.
Watching the Ravens' playoff run and Super Bowl win with my father at his house. A priceless memory that I hoped and prayed would happen, and it finally did.
Detour Dave Sandler:
The Orioles beating three of the top pitchers in the ALDS and the roar of the crowd at Camden Yards. The bases clearing double by Delmon Young was the biggest hit in the park's history! An amazing moment!
Watching Baltimorean Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympian in history and smashing world records in swimming with ease!
The "Mile High Miracle," of course -- one of the most dramatic touchdown passes in postseason history. As a local sports fan, coming in second was the 2012 Orioles and the return to respectability and contention after the lean and sometime embarrassing seasons that began in 1998. The fans were hungry for a winner and a competitive team, and the fans at OPACY reminded me of the frenzy during the late 1970s/early 1980s at Memorial Stadium. I was thrilled that this generation of Orioles fans, many whom were not born when the Orioles last appeared and won a World Series, could experience the excitement of a pennant race and the excitement of postseason baseball, where the game is played on another level.
Issue 220: April 2016