For one O's fan, clinch an unforgettable memory

Attempted 'selfie' image of celebration with Jones has taken on life of its own

For one O's fan, clinch an unforgettable memory

BALTIMORE -- Kate Supan first knew her spontaneous celebration with Adam Jones was making a buzz just a few minutes after it happened. During Jones' victory lap around Oriole Park at Camden Yards after the Orioles clinched their American League East title since 1997, the outfielder stopped for high fives, pie smashing and one selfie.

The selfie, among Jones' other hijinks, were caught by the MASN cameras. Immediately, Supan was getting tagged on Facebook by friends who snapped screenshots of the broadcast. The next day, her photo was in The Washington Post and on MLB.com. About a week later, her photo graced one of the first few pages in Sports Illustrated.

"Our friends were texting us, like 'I think I just saw you on TV,'" Supan said.

Supan's stories of jubilation from the game mirror those most longtime O's fans have, but unlike the thousands who bought tickets for the game in the hours leading up to it, Supan didn't single this game out as a potential clinching game.

Supan's family migrated to Baltimore from the Philippines in 1984 and Supan, then about 7 or 8, immediately became a fan of the contending Orioles. Three decades later, she found herself at the clinching game by chance.

Supan is a division manager at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine, and Sept. 16 against the Blue Jays happened to be a planned night for UMB faculty, staff and students to attend the game. Supan's seats by the left-field foul pole let her cross paths with Jones' celebration.

"I had no idea that the players were going to come around and high five us," Supan said. "I had no idea he was going to come and do that."

When the All-Star finally came by, Supan's first instinct was to whip out her phone and snap a selfie. The crowd behind her leaned on Supan's back, trying to cram into the frame.

Only she had been taking pictures of the celebration on the field. She couldn't get the camera to turn back around, and the selfie featured in the iconic image never actually happened.

"Adam came and I was just laughing hysterically," she said. "Everyone was leaning on me. I thought I was going to break his neck."

Instead, Supan had to settle for being immortalized as part of one the celebration's signature moments. She hadn't been a stranger to those types of moments, though. She usually tries to get to a handful of games every season dating back to the days of Memorial Stadium, and she even attended Cal Ripken Jr.'s final game at Camden Yards.

But now Supan has young children, and even though they weren't at the game on that Tuesday night, they finally have a team to root for that's creating memories.

"Everyone is just very, very happy we've come this far," Supan said.

David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.