New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said his final visit to Camden Yards this week brought back memories of his first full season in pinstripes, playing against the Orioles in the American League Championship Series and being in awe of Cal Ripken, Jr., who was a role model for Jeter.
"I mean, it's sad, you know?" said Cruz, who was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing-drug scandal last season. "You don't want to see nobody go through this."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks the club's gift to Derek Jeter should be a photo of the home run that Jeter hit in Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series against the Orioles -- the one that 12-year-old Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier reached over the wall to deflect into a game-tying homer.
The results weren¿t particularly impressive, but Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen seemed happy with his performance in his first competitive appearance since undergoing offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his right knee.
Earl Weaver called Don Buford "the best leadoff man in the game," and who's to argue? In five years with the Orioles, Buford batted .270, ran the bases with ferocity and helped the club reach three World Series.
When Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday, changing momentum in Game 4 of the American League Division between Detroit and Oakland, a lot of Orioles fans were surely taken back to 1996.
The Orioles managed just five hits in seven innings against Sabathia ¿ and were held without a hit for the game¿s first five innings ¿ but McLouth¿s go-ahead solo homer off Sabathia in the bottom of the seventh was the difference in the Orioles¿ 4-3 comeback win in front of an announced 40,041 at Camden Yards.