Last night MASN replayed the game between the Baltimore Orioles and New York that took place on September 6, 2012. You might remember that game, as the O’s blew a 6-1 lead in the top of the 8th when New York put five runs on the board against the Orioles’ pen to tie the game. However on the same night that the O’s unveiled the bronze statue of Cal Ripken Jr., Adam Jones did his best Ripken impression in the last of that same eighth inning and homered to left field putting the Orioles ahead to stay. (Mark Reynolds would follow with a two-run shot, and Chris Davis added a solo homer for good measure.)
Let’s face it; had this game been played somewhere between 1998-2011, odds are the O’s wouldn’t even have had a 6-1 lead to blow in the 8th inning. However if they had and they would have had any team (but especially New York – or Boston for that matter) come back on them in that manner, it would have ”game over.” I remember a game in 2007 against the Washington Nationals in which the game seemed to go back and forth time and time again. However each time the Orioles (led at the time by Sam Perlozzo) got the lead, you could almost see on their faces that they were wondering how Washington would get the lead back. Sure enough after a bad hop here and an error or two there, the Orioles trailed again.