HAGERSTOWN —Adam and Matt Grove grew up in Waynesboro, Pa., and drove from Columbus, Ohio, to see the Baltimore Orioles in the baseball playoffs. The brothers were not going to let the loss Sunday night to the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the best-of-5 American League Divisional Series deter their excitement.
And the Groves are not alone.
Baltimore’s first divisional playoff game in 15 years was on the minds of area residents Monday after the Orioles allowed five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-2 defeat.
Hagerstown resident Mandi Spickler said that the letdown was not just losing the game, but how they lost and to whom they lost.
“Losing to the Yankees is a punch in the gut,” she said. “Everything was so built up for Game 1 and it was a loss.”
Sean Crabtree, 38, of Cumberland said that he is not satisfied with just making the playoffs, despite the attention surrounding the accomplishment.
“It was a let down after years of misery Sunday, and I thought they played well until the ninth inning,” he said. “I want more than just the playoffs. I’m getting greedy.”
Phil Socks, 29, of Clear Spring, said the atmosphere was exciting despite the loss.
“The hype was incredible since it’s been so many years in the waiting,” he said.
Williamsport resident Bill Martin, 52, said the loss was disappointing but there is still reason to be encouraged.
“I thought they could pull it out like they’ve done all season long,” he said. “All the fans are excited just to make the playoffs.”
“It could’ve gone better, but it’s just one game,” said Adam Grove, 30, who, with his brother, had tickets for Monday night’s game. “I’m just happy they got this far.”
The Orioles played the Yankees in Game 2 on Monday night in Baltimore. The other regional team in the playoffs this year, the Washington Nationals, lost Monday afternoon after winning on Sunday. The Nationals series is tied at 1 with the best-of-5 series continuing on Wednesday in Washington.
Rain Garrott, 40, of Dargan said that it will not be the end of the world if the Orioles lose the series even though he expects them to win.
“It’s been exciting all year just to make it back,” he said. “We’re down just one game and we play five. I’m expecting them to go deeper.”