5. Ripken's final game, Oct. 6, 2001

This was supposed to be at Yankee Stadium, but because of the tragedy of Sept. 11, the schedule was pushed back and the Orioles ended up hosting the season finale against the Boston Red Sox. The game itself was anticlimactic; Ripken was hitless in three at-bats in the 5-1 loss and was on-deck in the ninth when his best buddy, Brady Anderson, struck out as the sellout crowd chanted, "We want Cal." But the Orioles are known for how well they do on-field celebrations, and this one was no exception. The most memorable touch was during the pre-game warm-up, when first baseman Jeff Conine threw the ball absurdly past Ripken. Ripken went to retrieve it, and when he returned, he was greeted by the original lineup at their original positions from his first start — with shortstop empty to honor the late Mark Belanger.

( Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam / October 6, 2001 )

This was supposed to be at Yankee Stadium, but because of the tragedy of Sept. 11, the schedule was pushed back and the Orioles ended up hosting the season finale against the Boston Red Sox. The game itself was anticlimactic; Ripken was hitless in three at-bats in the 5-1 loss and was on-deck in the ninth when his best buddy, Brady Anderson, struck out as the sellout crowd chanted, "We want Cal." But the Orioles are known for how well they do on-field celebrations, and this one was no exception. The most memorable touch was during the pre-game warm-up, when first baseman Jeff Conine threw the ball absurdly past Ripken. Ripken went to retrieve it, and when he returned, he was greeted by the original lineup at their original positions from his first start — with shortstop empty to honor the late Mark Belanger.

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