This is straight out of “The Official 365 Sports Facts-A-Year Calendar” on my desk in my office:
10/15/97: Veteran Cleveland infielder Tony Fernandez hits his first home run in 133 postseason at bats to give the Indians a 1-0 victory over Baltimore in 11 innings, clinching their ALCS in six games at Camden Yards. It’s the second game-winning homer given up by Armando Benitez in the series. Ironically, Fernandez is in the lineup only because his line drive in batting practice injured Bip Roberts, Cleveland’s regular starting second baseman.
So it’s officially ten years, or one decade, or approximately 3,650 some-odd days since we’ve had a meaningful fall baseball game played in Baltimore. Time sure flies when you’re fighting off Tampa Bay for fourth place every year, doesn’t it?
Ironically enough, it’s also Jim Palmer’s 62nd birthday today. Happy Birthday, Cakes, the Greatest Orioles Pitcher Ever! Incidentally, the Orioles have never appeared in a World Series without Jim Palmer on their roster. Hmmmmm …
Don’t we need a new pitching coach?
All right, enough Oriole misery for today. You may now continue bitching about our football team’s perceived shortcomings. (Just remember, they notched their 100th win in franchise history yesterday, and currently sport a .667 winning percentage.)