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Trot Nixon

Saying thanks, goodbye to Cal

Tom Pendleton knew he could make a nice profit by selling his tickets to tonight's game, but for the lifelong Maryland resident and Orioles fan, eBay was never an option. "There was no chance of that," said Pendleton, who was born and raised in Baltimore and now lives in Bowie. Pendleton attended Brooks Robinson's last game as an Oriole, Earl Weaver's last game as manager and the final game at Memorial Stadium in 1991. He wasn't at games 2,130 and 2,131, but was there the night in 1998 when Ripken decided to end his consecutive games played streak. "This is similar to those events," he said before the game, but he had to wait to pass judgment on...