Kids growing up around Baltimore in the ’80s and ’90s, as I did, fought over who got to wear No. 8 on the baseball field.
Sure, some idolized Ken Griffey Jr. and wore No. 24. But as the hometown star, Cal Ripken’s No. 8 was by far the most sought after.
Flash forward to now, and I’m no longer the kid scrambling to wear the 8, but the coach. And, as it happens, No. 8 isn’t available anymore: The Orioles retired it in 2001 and immortalized it with an aluminum statue on Eutaw Street.
Today’s area Little Leaguers aren’t that interested in the Iron Man’s number, anyway. The jersey du jour isn’t Adam Jones’ No. 10 or Chris Davis’ No. 19, either.
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