As Jones noted, a few lucky O's fans caught Tuesday's (and Wednesday's) epic live.

Seattle resident Phil Greene was so roused leaving Safeco Field that he blasted the song "Orioles Magic" on his car stereo as he pulled out of the stadium parking lot.

"I had on my Orioles' shirt, and my cap, inside-out," said Greene, 26, who is from Bel Air. "My girlfriend sat next to me, laughing at how ridiculous I am. But it took me a long time to wind down after that one.

"The Orioles have played so many awesome games this year, but that had to be in the top five."

In the 16th inning, when Greene began nodding off in his seat behind the visitors' dugout, Wayne Kirby, the Orioles' first base coach, tossed him a baseball.

"That woke me up," said Greene, an IT manager. "I took it as a cool sign and thought, 'We're gonna have to win this one now.'

"This whole season has been kind of magical, and now they're bringing up Dylan Bundy? I'm lovin' the moves that [executive vice president] Dan Duquette has made. He's got some guts, for sure."

If the Orioles had to go 18 to force Bundy's call-up, it was all worth it for Don DiBastiani.

"Having an extra arm throwing 98 miles an hour is a big thing," said DiBastiani, a Norrisville native who lives in Tacoma, Wash. He attended Tuesday's game clad in orange, despite working as a group events coordinator for the Mariners' Triple-A team.

"To the end, there were folks along the third-base line, spelling out O-R-I-O-L-E-S," he said. "At the finish, I think there were more Orioles fans there."

Andrew Gorman is the rare fan for whom the 5-hour, 44-minute Seattle win unfolded at a perfect time.

In Beijing, where the Baltimore native lives, he followed the game on ESPN.com from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. He was only sad that he didn't wear the Wei-Yin Chen shirt with the Chinese characters that his mother shipped him.

"I've been an O's fan my whole life, and I've been waiting 15 years for this playoff run," wrote Gorman, a veterinarian, in an e-mail. "And now I'm not in the country to appreciate it!"

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