Here it is September and not only are the Baltimore Orioles in contention for post-season play for the first time in nearly a generation, as of mid-week they were tied for first place with the New York Yankees.
What a fitting backdrop this Orioles team is to the tribute being paid this season by the ballclub to six of its legendary players, including Aberdeen's own Cal Ripken Jr. On Thursday, a bronze statue of Ripken was unveiled alongside previously revealed statues of Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray. The final statue, one of Brooks Robinson, will be unveiled later this month.
What can be said about Cal Jr. and his family that hasn't already been said? Certainly, the Ripkens' commitment to their home communities in the Baltimore area, including Aberdeen and all of Harford County, have been substantial, and his legendary status as a player is a point of pride with many people in Harford County.
Little else need be said on this, another occasion honoring Cal Ripken Jr. and his storied career.
Still, many of us will be holding our breath and hoping we don't wake up from a dream as Ripken's team, the Oriole, continues to have the best season it has had in a long, long time.