It seems that Orioles Magic has returned to Baltimore, after a 15 year hiatus. For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles are in 1st place in September – and are most likely going to the playoffs. You could definitely feel the Orioles Magic at Camden Yards last night for Cal Ripken Jr’s statue dedication ceremony and the Orioles 10-6 win over the Yankees.
Last night was September 6th, the 17th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr’s 2131st consecutive game when he broke Lou Gehrig’s record. It was also the night of Cal Ripken Jr’s statue dedication ceremony. Throughout the season the Orioles have unveiled statues of Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Brooks Robinson (whose statue will be unveiled September 29th). Fans lined up as early as 1:30pm yesterday to get an autograph from Cal when he arrived at Camden Yards.
waiting for Cal
Most fans got in line about 4pm, an hour before gates opened, to secure a good view of Cal’s statue dedication ceremony. Once inside, fans swarmed the center field picnic area where the ceremony was held. The seated VIP audience included Cal’s family (wife Kelly, mom Vi, brothers Billy and Fred), former teammates (Brady Anderson, Eddie Murray, Mike Bordick, Ken Singleton), current Orioles (Buck Showalter, Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds), and Lynda Carter (tv’s Wonder Woman) who is apparently a close friend of Cal’s. After speeches by Brady Anderson, Billy Ripken, Louis Angelos, Cal Ripken’s statue was unveiled and then he took the stage and gave his speech, getting choked up when speaking of his family.
Cal’s Statue Dedication Ceremony
Cal and his statue
Cal Ripken Jr statue at Camden Yards
About an hour later, there was an on field ceremony and then the game started around 7:15. By the end of the 1st inning, Orioles Magic was in full swing as the Orioles took the lead 4-0, including a homerun by Watt Wieters. This was the first of six homeruns the Orioles would get in their 10-6 victory over the Yankees. The Orioles were up 6-1 after seven innings, then the Yankees scored five runs in the 8th inning to tie the game, then the Orioles scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th to get the win and solidify their first place standing the American League East.
There are only are only 12 regular season home games left, so get down to Camden Yards and join in some of that ORIOLES MAGIC!