It was originally supposed to be the celebration of his 3,000th hit, but instead that Sunday afternoon was Palmeiro's first game after a 10-day suspension for failing a drug test. Three days earlier, when the suspension ended, he met the national media in what was the biggest media crush at Camden Yards since the 1997 playoffs. That Sunday, it was time for the fans to acknowledge him. In his first at-bat, a walk, he was greeted by a decidedly mixed review, with chants of "Raf-fy" attempting to drown out loud boos. Palmeiro went hitless in the game and made the final out with the winning run on base.
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