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For once, ESPN doesn't diss Baltimore

If you get a chance, take a look at the list on ESPN.com of the 100 most important sports venues and bathe in the glory of Oriole Park at Camden Yards being ranked No. 2. The list was compiled by long-time baseball writer Jim Caple, so maybe he's a bit biased toward ball parks, but the top five also includes Madison Square Garden and Augusta National.

It's appropriate that Yankee Stadium is No. 1. The House That Ruth Built has been the center of the sports universe for 85 years, hosting not only all those Yankees world titles, but also "The Greatest Game Ever Played" between the Colts and Giants and some of the most important title fights of the 20th century.

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Why is Camden Yards No. 2? Caple doesn't need to tell us that it was the model for the new generation of modern throwback ballparks and it spawned an amazing wave of public funding for new sports facilities. There are probably millions of taxpayers around the country who aren't happy about that, but nobody around here seems to have any regrets.

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