Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 10/1/12
Seconds after the Orioles clinched a postseason berth Sunday night, I stared at my phone, waiting for the inevitable. My brother-in-law, Brian, bombarding me with text messages and demanding that I fulfill a promise to apologize to him in print if the Orioles made the playoffs. "It should probably start with, 'My brother-in-law is a genius,'" Brian said. "And then you can start the praising." You may remember Brian, a lifelong Baltimorean and Orioles fan, from a column I wrote in late April. In the column, I mocked him for overreacting to the Orioles' usual hot start and predicted that the team would start to fade during a six-game trip to New York and Boston. The Orioles went 5-1 on that trip. And now they are 92-67, tied with the Yankees for first place in the AL East with three games remaining, assured of at least a wild card. Yes, Brian deserves his apology, even though I've got two sources who say that he was ready to quit on the O's at several trying moments this season. ...
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