One year after 'Curse of the Andino,' second baseman downplays anniversary

A year ago Friday,

Robert Andino

etched his name into


lore with a ninth-inning sinking liner to left that escaped the glove of Boston’s

Carl Crawford

, plated

Nolan Reimold

with the game-winner, extinguished the

Red Sox

’s playoff hopes and helped send that franchise into an unforeseen spiral.

So what does the Orioles second baseman think now about that one swing, that one moment which ended the 2011 season that will be forever known as “the Curse of the Andino?”

“Want to know my true feelings about it? I really don’t care about it anymore,” Andino said Friday. “It was a year ago. Yeah, it was fun. Yeah, I remember it. But I couldn’t care less about it now.”

On Friday, roles were reversed, with the Orioles close to clinching a playoff spot and the Red Sox playing for pride.

“This is 2012. We wanna get in the playoffs,” Andino said. “We’re not trying to spoil nobody’s [situation]. We’re the ones trying to get in.”

These Red Sox couldn’t be much more different from last year’s version. Crawford is now with the

Los Angeles Dodgers


Jonathan Papelbon

, who gave up the game-winner, is with the

Philadelphia Phillies

. Manager

Terry Francona

is a TV analyst. Two of his coaches, DeMarlo Hale and Ron Johnson, are now with the Orioles organization.

Only second baseman

Dustin Pedroia

and catcher

Ryan Lavarnway

were in Boston’s lineup that night and also started Friday.

And a case can be made — though it might be a stretch — that that game helped propel the Orioles to where they are now. It was a big game with playoff consequences in front of an energized crowd. They weren’t expected to win — not with Boston ace

Jon Lester

facing Orioles spot starter Alfredo Simon — and yet they found a way.

Normally, manager

Buck Showalter

doesn’t bite on such storylines, but he did to an extent Friday.

“I can’t say it didn’t help. It does. You create your own intensity and this is a self-starter group,” Showalter said. “I think once again we fed off the emotions of our fans, too.”