Cal Ripken Sr. can’t control himself. On Sept. 25, as the Orioles celebrate a 5-1 win in Milwaukee to clinch the American League East, the no-nonsense coach does a very un-Ripkenlike thing. He douses his son Cal Jr. with champagne.
“Maybe the father finally did come out in me,” Cal Sr. says.
It’s a classic team victory, No. 27 in the past 34 games. Storm Davis and Tippy Martinez combine to stop the Brewers on six hits, while two fringe Orioles — catcher Joe Nolan and right fielder Jim Dwyer — each hit a home run. It’s Baltimore’s first division title since 1979 and its seventh overall, a major league record.