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2014: A Recap

 

 

Here’s a recap of what was 2014 in Baltimore

 

Comings and Goings:

 

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Megan Pringle returned to local TV, landing at WBAL. Kai Jackson announced that he will also be returning to TV, this time at FOX 45.

Marianne Banister, Rick Boone, Brandi Proctor, Joce Sterman, Don Scott, Jenn Marino, Mary Anne Perry said goodbye.

We wrapped our arms around, and welcomed: Joanna Campbell, Trang Do, Catherine Hawley, Karen Campbell, Marcus Washington, Rick Ritter, Adrienne Green, Mary McKenzie, Larry Collins, & Tracy Leong!

 

Maryland Based Productions Flourish

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“VEEP” and “House Of Cards” continue to dominate critics “Best Of” lists as well as Hollywood awards. “VEEP” was honored with several nominations at this years Emmy and SAG awards, taking home the Best Actress prize at both ceremonies for Julia Louis Dreyfus. Robin Wright shocked everyone by nabbing the Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress, while “Breaking Bad” swept the Series and Actor races.

“Philomena”, which filmed in Montgomery County, reaped Judi Dench a Golden Globe, SAG, and Oscar nomination. The film also nabbed a Best Picture nomination at the Globes and the Oscars.

Indie film “Sally Pacholok” shot in the area this year as well. That will be released in 2015.

 

“Zaching”

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On March 11th, Zach Lederer passed away at the age of 20. Zach was diagnosed with brain tumor at age 11.  It then returned when he was 17. Zach was an inspirational figure not just locally, but nationally. The picture of him making a strongman pose, later dubbed “Zaching”, went viral and inspired many fighting  cancer.

Here’s a gallery of local and national celebrities Zaching: http://on.fb.me/16ZpKVc

Donate to the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation: http://bit.ly/1zqGXNQ

 

“Star Spangled Spectacular”

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This year, Baltimore was in the national spotlight, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner! The region was engulfed in red, white, and blue,  and fireworks too. Tall ships were brought in from all over, while the Blue Angels entertained thousands and shook many houses.

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The fun ended with a huge concert and fireworks display at Pier Six and Fort McHenry starring Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Train and Kristin Chenoweth among others. John Lithgow and Jordin Sparks hosted the event.

 

“Orioles Magic”

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When you think of 2014 in Baltimore, you think of Orioles Magic. The O’s went on to the win the AL East Division, making it all the way to the ALCS, where they fell to the Royals. Saying they were a very fun team to watch this year is an understatement. They brought magic back to this city. After every win, or after every rally, there was orange electricity in the air.

No longer are we a city that just bleeds purple.

We Won’t Stop

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I’m pretty sure we all feel the same way right now. Sad. Pissed. Disappointed. After an O’mazing season the Orioles have had, I wouldn’t expect anything less.

The last time the Orioles were in the ALCS, I was 8 years old. That’s a hell of a long time waiting for ALCS baseball in Baltimore. We had a taste of it two years ago, when the O’s won the Wildcard game and faced off against the Yankees in the ALDS. We thought this city went nuts then? Ngata chance.

On September 16th, the Orioles did something they haven’t done in a very long time..clinch the A.L. East. Baltimore went absolutely bonkers that evening. Camden Yards roared for a good hour after the game; Twitter locally was on fire; and Orioles postseason gear was already flying off shelves.

This past month in Baltimore has been absolutely orange..and incredible. Baltimore City Hall, the Natty Boh Tower, Ravens Stadium, JHU..all lit up in orange. Seas of orange and black seen around the state, and not just on game days.  I haven’t seen support like that since the Ravens won the AFC Championship. Everywhere you go, anyone you meet..they were talking about Dem O’s. Even Lawrence Gillilard from “The Wire” chatted with me about the Orioles when I met him at Monster Mania. That’s probably the LAST place I would expect to talk about the Orioles!

When I think about this season, I’ll choose to think about the amazing moments, not the season ending sweep. Delmon Young clearing the bases in Game 2 of the ALDS = Orioles Magic at its finest. Or the Orioles 60th celebration at Camden Yards, featuring former and current players side by side. I don’t think anyone can watch that ceremony and not get goosebumps.

It’s amazing how the Orioles and the Ravens can bring this town together. And we need that. Every ounce of it. Buck and his team..are special. There’s no other words to describe them at this point.

Onwards to 2015, O’s fans. Take some shots, get some rest..because I have a feeling next season…

..We Won’t Stop.

Canton Orioles Rally

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I attended the Orioles rally Tuesday night in Canton. Talk about a sea of orange! First, I should point out that there aren’t many pics or videos because I forgot to charge my phone fully. Oops.

Anyway,  I arrived around 5:30pm, and there were a few hundred people there already. Food trucks lined the perimeter of the Target parking lot, along with a stage for the band Pasadena Family (who ROCKED by the way.)

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I then bumped into WJZ’s Chelsea Ingram. It’s okay, be jealous.

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Pasadena Family continued to rock, as crowds started to gather in front of the stage waiting for the Orioles. Jeremy Conn from 105.7 The Fan emceed the event.

By now the event had close 1,000 people in attendance..

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(pic from @BmoreAroundTown on Twitter)

Yup. That’s a lot of Orioles fans.

Here’s a video of Jeremy Conn introducing Quinton Berry, Wayne Kirby and Adam Jones: http://bit.ly/1qTX41B

A few tidbits:

 

* A drone (you read that right) flew over the area and took video of all the fans..flipping it off.
* Wayne Kirby was the first to come and meet the crowd
* On stage, Adam Jones remarked “Thanks for coming out..this is..insane.”
* Jonathan Schoop seemed pretty chill on stage. He motioned for fans to come over to the guard rails to take some pictures if they wanted.
* Kevin Gausman looked..petrified. In a good way. I don’t think he had any idea that many people would show up.
* Morgan Cox (yes THAT Morgan Cox) was a surprise guest hanging out with the Orioles. Birds of a feather.
* I heard from someone close to the players that they were grateful and surprised a ton of people showed up to support them. Of course we support them!

And finally..the Iron Man showed up.  Sort of.

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I want this costume. Who wants to buy it for me?

All in all, it was a pretty awesome Orioles rally. Props to everyone for making it happen in four days!

Let’s show the Orioles, and the world, how much we support our guys. I challenge every Orioles fan (if possible) to wear Orioles gear, or something orange today, Thursday and Friday.

We Won’t Stop.