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Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro smiles as he watches a fan get a baseball he offered during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards Sunday, July 10, 2005.
Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro smiles as he watches a fan get a baseball he offered during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards Sunday, July 10, 2005. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Former Orioles great Rafael Palmeiro is making a comeback of sorts.

The 50-year-old will be playing three games this upcoming weekend for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. It's more of a family bonding experience than a spirited comeback.

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His son, Patrick, is the third baseman for the Skeeters, who play in a Houston suburb and are part of the same league as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and the York (Pa.) Revolution.

"The chance to play with my son is an opportunity the Skeeters have offered me and I'm very excited to make it happen this weekend," Palmeiro said in a press release.

Palmeiro will be playing in the three home games in Texas this weekend -- he hasn't played in the majors since Aug. 30, 2005, the infamous "earplug" game in Toronto in which he wore earplugs to drown out the booing after he came back from his suspension for steroids.

Patrick and his brother, Preston, who plays baseball for North Carolina State, were fixtures in the Orioles clubhouse when Palmeiro played in Baltimore.

Patrick Palmeiro, 25, was drafted out of high school by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round in 2008, but chose college instead and played at Alabama-Birmingham. He is hitting .248 with 11 homers for the Skeeters.

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