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O’s unveil new banner in Sarasota

March 4, 2013
(Ori­oles mega-fan and Sec­tion 8 main­stay Char­lie Vas­cel­laro reports from spring train­ing in Sara­sota.)

Greetings from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.

What a difference a year makes. I remember looking at the Championship Chandelier in the lobby of the main entrance to Ed Smith Field last year and thinking how sad it was that it had been so long since the once so proud Orioles have had opportunity to hang a pennant or championship banner of any kind anywhere. I had no expectations at the time that team’s fortunes were on the brink of turning and figured by the time we all returned to Baltimore for the regular season we’d settle in for another long, lazy, summer at Oriole Park watching contending teams from other cities march through our town. Now, I have to temper my enthusiasm not to get too excited or over-confident about the upcoming season and having to make room for a 2013 championship banner.