Ken Griffey Jr.

With the Orioles having traded Manny Machado, who can kids in Baltimore call their hero?

With the Orioles having traded Manny Machado, who can kids in Baltimore call their hero?

Editor’s note: This Op-Ed originally ran in December. With the Orioles having traded Manny Machado on Wednesday, it resonates anew this week.

Kids growing up around Baltimore in the ’80s and ’90s, as I did, fought over who got to wear No. 8 on the baseball field.

Sure, some idolized Ken Griffey Jr. and wore No. 24. But as the hometown star, Cal Ripken’s No. 8 was by far the most sought after.

Flash forward to now, and I’m no longer the kid scrambling to wear the 8, but the coach. And, as it happens, No. 8 isn’t available anymore: The Orioles retired it in 2001 and immortalized it with an aluminum statue on Eutaw Street.

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