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One Goal Down, One To Go For Orioles

The Orioles will host the Yankees Sunday and Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

 

Nick Markakis stood perched, ready for takeoff atop the third base dugout railing Friday night in Texas .

And when Nate McLouth made the game-ending catch in left field to clinch the American League Wildcard showdown for the Orioles, Markakis leapt with joy.

Markakis was in a hoodie, sitting out with a broken thumb, watching from the top step of the dugout as the most visible cheerleader in the ballpark.

Under his watch, the Orioles reached one goal Friday—earning a home postseason game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. That will happen on Sunday.

But one goal remains, manager Buck Showalter said—staying active in the postseason long enough for Markakis, now a veteran leader in the clubhouse, to take part in the magical ride.

Markakis' thumb was shattered last month on an up-and-in fastball from Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia—who could start Sunday's series-opener in Baltimore.

While the Orioles' season has been defined by the late-comers, such as Friday's stars (Joe Saunders, Manny Machado and Nate McLouth), the story of Markakis and second baseman Brian Roberts is also a portion of the bigger story.

Both players have spent their entire careers in Baltimore, neither experiencing a playoff game.

Roberts—out with a torn labrum in his hip—will not return. Markakis could possibly return if the Orioles reach the World Series.

He may not be in the leadoff spot at the moment, but Markakis is still one of the main men helping steer this wild ride.

Good teams will find something or someone to rally around in key moments. It seems that Markakis is one of those rallying points for this Orioles team.

TELL US: Are you going to an American League Division Series game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards? Leave a comment.

Marty Chase October 06, 2012 at 01:47 PM
How in the world did TBS identify Cal Ripken as "Carl Ripken Jr."?
number9dream October 06, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Great effort by Saunders. Buck Showalter for President!
Ted Josenhans October 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Just shows how much attention the networks pay to the Orioles over all - little or none
Tim Lemke (Editor) October 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Hello - I'll be covering Game 1 of the ALDS for Patch. If you will be there and would like to be interviewed at the game, please email me at timl@patch.com, and let me know your phone number and where you'll be sitting. Thanks! -Tim Lemke Editor, Odenton-Severn Patch
Wheels October 07, 2012 at 01:36 AM
O's tober......
DAVID PATRO SR October 07, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Let's Go O's
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