"But what I remember most about the night itself was how Cal met the moment. When that season began, he hadn't really warmed to the topic, but I thought that about two months into it, he began to really embrace the importance of his milestone. He was the symbol of integrity for baseball at a time when it needed that the most because of the labor stoppage, and everywhere the Orioles went, he connected with fans, making an effort to sign for them and chat with them. On a brutally hot day at the All-Star Game workday afternoon in Texas, he signed for what seemed like more than an hour, and of course, there were the nights well-documented when he would sign at Camden Yards after games. The response to him on the night of 2,131, I thought, reflected all the effort that Cal not only put into his performance as a player, but also his effort to link to fans. After that game, he talked about how, as he circled the field and reached out to fans, and fans reached out to him, Cal recognized faces, people he knew.