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With today's paid crowd of 23,005, the Orioles' final attendance for 2006 is 2,153,139.

Sound low?

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Consider that in the strike-shortened 1994 season, the Orioles drew 2,535,359 fans in only 54 home dates. They drew 2,454,118 in 2003.

This year's figure is the lowest since Camden Yards opened in 1992.

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Somebody should thank WNST's Nestor Aparicio for pumping up the total with his protest.

If Miguel Tejada had a vote, he would have chosen Ramon Hernandez for Most Valuable Oriole.

If Tejada really wants to be valuable, he could try to lure Alfonso Soriano here. They share the same agent, Diego Benz.

"If the Orioles are interested in him and he's interested…I'll talk to him about how good the city is, how good the team is, how good the clubhouse is," Tejada said. "I can tell him that we have a bunch of great guys here, the city is great, the fans are great."

At least Jay Gibbons maintained his sense of humor about hitting his wife with a foul ball Saturday night.

When I suggested that the Orioles can only afford a taller screen or Soriano this winter, Gibbons said, "I'll take Soriano. My wife can stay home."

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