BALTIMORE -- Orioles fans waited 15 years for playoff baseball to return to Camden Yards, so they weren't about to let a measly two-hour, 26-minute rain delay interfere with Sunday night's festivities.
When Game 1 of the American League Division Series finally began at 8:41 p.m. ET, the ballpark remained packed to the brim with a season-high 47,841 fans, most of whom wore orange and black, waved orange towels and didn't shy from making themselves heard. It was an atmosphere several Orioles players lauded after the club's 7-2 loss to the Yankees, and one manager Buck Showalter complimented again before Monday night's Game 2.
"It was everything I thought it would be and more, and I was real proud of our people and our fans who showed up," Showalter said. "A lot of people made a decision, and in today's economy and the whole nine yards, it wasn't free, and we're appreciative. They made it worthwhile and they were part of us being in that ballgame last night. They really were. Our guys fed off of it."
Showalter said that the delay didn't seem to impact the crowd's enthusiasm and may even have benefited the team. Still, with rain again part of the forecast for Monday, he wasn't looking for a repeat.
"I hope it doesn't happen tonight," Showalter said.