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From glory to heartache and back, Orioles and Royals have traveled similar roads to ALCS
From glory to heartache and back, Orioles and Royals have traveled similar roads to ALCS

Cal Ripken Jr. remembers well the pleasures of playing in Kansas City the last time the Royals were contenders — the smart, respectful fans who adored their team but would also applaud an opponent's standout catch. "Playing in Kansas City was a lot like playing in Baltimore," the Orioles great said Thursday as his former club prepared to play the Royals in the American League Championship Series. It's hard to imagine two franchises or two fan bases better equipped to understand one another's journeys. Both the Orioles and Royals perennially contended for pennants in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Fans in both cities grew up under the spell of sharp...

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