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On a slow, rainy day - and yes, it's raining again, if you can believe it - I'd like to pose a question to longtime fans of the Orioles. I'll also leave it open to those of you who have a limited number of seasons on your fan resume. Anyone and everyone:

I'd like you to share your favorite Orioles-Yankees memories. They can come from Memorial Stadium, Camden Yards, Yankee Stadium or the couch in your living room. Or a stool in the bar where everybody knows your name (and that will be my last Cheers reference of the day. Must be Jon Lester's no-hitter).

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I was at Yankee Stadium for Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached out and deflected Derek Jeter's fly ball in the eighth inning as right fielder Tony Tarasco stood under it. I suppose we could debate whether Tarasco would have made the catch, but he certainly thought so. Richie Garcia, however, ruled it a game-tying home run, and Maier was hailed as a hero, being lifted on one guy's shoulders and appearing on morning talk shows.

Garcia, who watched replays and still insisted that the ball wasn't catchable, signed autographs for fans before Game 2.

The Sun didn't make me a full-time part of our Orioles coverage until the following season, but I was sent to New York to help out beat writer Buster Olney. It was an experience I'll never forgot - and one that could only happen in the Bronx.

There's also the bench-clearing brawl that Armando Benitez ignited after drilling Tino Martinez between the numbers - and causing everyone in the press box to rewrite their stories on deadline. Again, in the Bronx. And the failed attempts by his manager and teammates to appear as though they supported him, when we all knew they really wanted to strangle him.

I'll also toss out the night that Cal Ripken ended The Streak, and the Yankees applauded him from the visiting dugout at Camden Yards. Certainly one of the classiest gestures I've ever seen in sports.

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