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A stellar night for the Orioles

The spirit of baseball and the crackling excitement of possibility have returned to Baltimore's Camden Yards. Cal Ripken was there. Eddie was there. Earl, Jim, Brooks were there. Brady, part of the Orioles magic in the 1990s, was there.

With the stadium filled and the Yankees in town, the Orioles started the first of a four-game series that very well could decide whether they will make the playoffs. They abruptly woke the sleeping hopes and dreams of the Orioles faithful with a resounding ka-boom!

Once more, the bugle call for "charge!" means something again. The black and orange clad fans have something meaningful to root for as they come to the yard, gather around their TVs and huddle beside their radios.

A three-run homer reared its head in the first inning. The "Ed-die!" chants of old could be heard ever so faintly in the "Man-ny!" chants for the latest in a crop of new promising young Orioles.

Adam Jones, continuing his career season, blasted the Orioles out of a tie and found out just how loud this place can get.

Exactly 17 years after Cal broke Lou Gehrig's record, we were on hand to unveil his statue and honor him again. Come on back Cal, and let's do it again!

Steve Johnson

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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