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Orioles, Nationals, White Sox, and Marlins

What do all these teams have in common? I’ve attended their games this week. Ok, so it was the Nationals vs. the White Sox and the Orioles vs. the Marlins, but it still counts, right? I’ll post some photos next week after I rest up from the drive home and sort through them, but I’ll just say that both games were a blast…especially the Orioles. Third row seats down the third base line…can’t beat that! And both games had promotional giveaways, so there was more bang for my buck!

If you’ve never been to Camden Yards, you owe it to yourself as a human being to go!

So many reasons to love YouTube

It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of modern-day baseball. With all the cheats in the game, and so few class acts left, it’s just difficult to retain my interest. But because of the internet, I can relive the days of baseball that I fell in love with.

I started collecting baseball cards in 1985. I got my first complete set in 1986 for Christmas (Topps, of course). And I started learning about the game’s history because of a man named Peter Edward Rose.

You see, when I started following baseball, Rose was chasing Ty Cobb’s career record for hits. That immediately created a strong desire to learn about Ty Cobb, and eventually other old-timers like Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Jackie Robinson, and so on.

And now, when I want to relive the glory days of the 1980s, all I have to do is fire up YouTube. Here’s a clip of Reggie Jackson and Howard Cosell running down the starting lineups, position-by-position, for the 1983 World Series teams, the Phillies (featuring Rose, Morgan, and Schmidt) and the Orioles (featuring Murray and a youngster named Cal Ripken Jr).

I don’t remember the ’83 Series (’86 was the first one I really paid attention to). But it’s cool to look back on it now. Five Hall of Famers in the infield alone…has that happened since?

Oh, that we could see the game played like it was back then…when it was still (for the most part) a game.

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