Baseball fans, all the Tides faithful, surely will have a vested interest in the 2014 American League Championship Series, which kicks off tonight between the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles. The teams will do battle in Game 1 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, which is just hours away from Harbor Park, home of the Norfolk Tides, the AAA affiliate of the Orioles.
Noteworthy, because there are several former Norfolk Tides who will be playing in the ALCS for the Birds. In the starting rotation, Chris Tillman (2009-2012) will be a key part of the O’s rotation in this showdown with the Royals. Anchoring the bullpen will be LH Closer Zach Britton, who pitched for the Tides from 2010-2013. Also contributing out of the bullpen is 2012 top draft choice Kevin Gausman, who pitched at Norfolk the last 2 seasons.
On offense, OF Jonathan Schoop played in 70 games for the Tides in 2013, batting .256. Backup catcher Caleb Joseph, who homered in 5 consecutive games for the Orioles this summer, played in Norfolk in 2012 and 2014.
The Baltimore Orioles are playing in the American League Championship Series for the first time since 1997. The Norfolk Tides are a big reason for that.