Earlier this year, I did two top-10 lists in connection with the 20th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The first was rank the top 10 games in stadium history. The second was to rank the top 10 moments in stadium history.
Yes, there was some overlap -- Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,131st consecutive game was the top in that category, and his victory lap was the top moment -- but I tried to separate them a little.
For the moments list, I tried to winnow the game into one moment we’ll never forget. Well, last night, there was a new one.
When Josh Hamilton smashed a 0-2 pitch from Darren O’Day to deep center field, he became the 16th player in baseball history -- and first at Camden Yards -- to homer four times in one game.
I decided to look back at my list and see where I would rank it in Camden Yards’ most memorable moments. After some thought, I am going with fifth, just ahead of the Seattle Mariners-Orioles brawl in 1993 that nearly cost Ripken the streak and just behind the 1993 All-Star Game when Mike Mussina warmed up in the bullpen and made AL (and rival Toronto Blue Jays) manager Cito Gaston public enemy No. 1 in Charm City.
This is my amended list.
1. Cal Ripken’s victory lap, Sept. 6, 1995
2. Ken Griffey’s Warehouse blast, July 12, 1993
3. Eddie’s 500th homer, Sept. 6, 1996
4. Gaston snubs Mussina, sort of, July 13, 1993
5. Josh Hamilton hits fourth homer of game, May 8, 2012
6. The Mariners brawl, June 6, 1993
7. Mussina takes liner off face, May 14, 1998
8. Palmeiro returns from suspension, Aug. 14, 2005
9. Ryan Minor at third, Sept. 19, 1998
10. Double dog pile caused by Andino, Sept. 28, 2011
Where does it fit in on yours (or on mine, in your opinion)? Remember, we aren’t talking games -- just moments in time.
Daily Think Special: Where do you rank Hamilton’s four homers in most memorable moments in Camden Yards’ history?