Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. was a guest on "Boomer & Carton" on WFAN in New York this week. He talked about Orioles manager Buck Showalter and reiterated that the pitching staff will have to hold up for Baltimore to compete in the AL East.
For me, the most interesting part of the interview was when hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton asked Ripken if it was special to play at the old Yankee Stadium.
"Absolutely," Ripken said. "I’ll preface it by saying it’s not good to play in it when you’re good and they’re bad because I’ve been there during the 80s when that was the case. It’s especially not good when you’re bad and they’re very good. That’s no fan at all. But if you’re good and they’re good and you have a September series in there, there’s nothing like it."
Ripken said that the old Yankee Stadium would spring to life whenever the Yankees rallied, and that the fans would react "to every important pitch."
"There’s many times when the Yankees would be coming back in the game," he said. "The place is rocking so loud that you take a minute and you kind of look up and say, 'This is the coolest place ever.' ... It is the place to play when both teams are good in a good series."