Fifteen Years Later, It’s Still Impressive

Fifteen years ago yesterday Cal Ripken Jr. suited up and took the field for the 2,131st consecutive time.  From May 2nd, 1982 until September 6th, 1995 he ran out to shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles in every single game they played and in doing so he broke the Iron Horse Lou Gehrig‘s “unbreakable record.”

I was nine when Ripken broke the record and I watched the entire game in my parents’ bedroom.  I remember certain parts really well, like Ripken’s 4th inning homerun off the immortal Shawn Boskie, his 22 minute lap around Camden Yards, and unveiling the numbers on the warehouse across the street.  Other things I don’t remember quite as well, like the final score (4-2 Orioles over the Angels), and anything else that happened.

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Matt Wieters First Career Home Run

Tonight in the bottom of the second inning in a game against the New York Mets, Matt Wieters hit a two-run, 368-foot shot over the left field wall off of Tim Redding to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead. The Mets never had the lead in this game. My Orioles dominated. It was awesome. Mark this day as the beginning of the rampage that is Matt Wieters. He is poised to take the league by storm. I’m pumped.

Another interesting point from the game tonight is that Nick Markakis went four for four and scored two runs.

Congrats on your first MLB home run, Matt. We’re all excited for what  your future holds.

Wieters watching his first career home run

Wieters watching his first career home run

2009 Baseball Previews – AL East

It’s about time for the 2009 Major League Baseball season to commence, so I’m going to do a little division by division break down.  Today, we’ll look at the best division in baseball, the AL East.

Last year, the Rays dropped the Devil and took home their first Division crown since joining the league in 1998.  In fact, they finished above last place for the second time ever.  In 2004 they cruised to a 70-91 record, good enough for 4th.  Continue reading

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