The Orioles hit six homers and blew out the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-2, on Friday night. And then the real show started.
As part of their 60th-anniversary celebration, the Orioles hosted a fireworks and laser-light show after the game.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter rushed through his postgame press conference in anticipation.
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“We got a real lift from our fans and the celebration today of the Oriole history and the players,” Showalter said immediately after the game ended. “I’m looking forward to what’s coming up next.”
The postgame program, which lasted more than 30 minutes, featured an Orioles-history video on the big screen in center field as well as highlights and graphics projected on the Warehouse wall. Throughout the presentation, 23 members of the Orioles’ Hall of Fame were introduced to the announced Camden Yards crowd of 43,743.
Catcher Rick Dempsey dropped to his knees and kissed home plate. Doug DeCinces stood at home plate and clasped his hands above his head to form an "O."
It was hard to tell who received the loudest ovation, but the press box money was on Cal Ripken Jr. Before he was introduced, video of Ripken's breaking the consecutive-games-played streak played. In a cool touch, a graphic was made to look like 2030 flipped again to 2131 on the Warehouse wall
All five of the living Orioles in the National Baseball Hall of Fame — Ripken, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson — were in attendance. In another excellent addition, there was extended video footage of two sorely missed Orioles, Earl Weaver and Mike Flanagan.
Once the introductions were over, there was a fireworks display and then another video with recent Orioles highlights, including the "Buckle Up" 2012 playoff team.
Public address announcer Ryan Wagner then called for the first-place Orioles to come out. This year’s club walked onto the field and hugged and shook hands with the franchise’s stars of yesteryear. Together, they posed for pictures around the mound.
There was apparently a similar, private scene when the game ended. The old Orioles and current Orioles met after the game finished and before the celebration began.
“I still got chills. We just came out of the runway and all out the Hall of Famers are greeting our guys as they come off the field,” Showalter said post-game. “That’s pretty cool.”