There may be nothing fairly like Opening Day. Regardless of the place you reside or the place your allegiances lie, each workforce, each participant and each fan begins every new season filled with hope and optimism.
That dynamic results in unforgettable moments, moments solely Opening Day can present. Listed below are the highest 5 in Orioles historical past — plus one further for good luck.
1) An all-time second to start an all-time 12 months
April 12, 1966
The 1966 Orioles could not have been the one finest workforce in franchise historical past, however they’re in all probability crucial. Their story actually began with the acquisition of Frank Robinson the winter earlier than and ended with the franchise’s first World Collection championship. The common season itself then opened dramatically: Locked in a 4-4 tie with the Crimson Sox, the O’s rallied within the thirteenth earlier than Boston reliever Jim Lonborg balked house the profitable run. The O’s received, 5-4. It might find yourself being that form of 12 months for the Birds, the place the whole lot broke proper.
2) Welcome to Camden Yards
April 6, 1992
Legend has it that former Cy Younger Award winner Rick Sutcliffe wasn’t planning to signal with the Orioles earlier than within the 1992 season. Then he was given an unique, early tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He noticed what the remainder of the baseball world would quickly see … and adjusted his thoughts on the spot. A part of the O’s free-agent pitch to Sutcliffe was that he’d get the ball for the primary recreation performed within the new stadium. He didn’t disappoint, firing a five-hit shutout to steer the O’s to a 2-0 win over the Indians, on OPACY’s official birthday.
“Right here’s how unhealthy the Orioles have been,” longtime baseball author Tim Kurkjian retold to MLB.com in 2019 for an oral history of the 1989 membership. “The Boston Globe predicted, tongue-in-cheek in fact, that Roger Clemens would pitch a no-hitter on Opening Day towards the Orioles. Not simply have been the Orioles so unhealthy in 1988, however this goes method again.”
However Baltimore definitely was unhealthy in 1988, shedding a file 21 consecutive video games to start the season and ending with a then-team file 107 losses. There have been no expectations heading into ’89 … which is why the “Why Not?” workforce’s accomplishments would find yourself etched into Orioles lore. The magic started on Opening Day, when Cal Ripken Jr.’s three-run homer chased Clemens and arrange Baltimore’s 5-4 win in 11 innings.
4) The Snowpener
March 31, 2003
The longest house opener by inning in Camden Yards historical past was additionally the wackiest: a 13-inning, weather-delayed, 6-5 victory over the Indians that required layers to witness and featured Jay Gibbons famously shedding a fly ball within the snow. Typically, simply because Spring Coaching is over, doesn’t imply spring has sprung. It wasn’t till Gary Matthews Jr.’s walk-off single within the thirteenth that everybody might head inside and heat up.
5) A jolt from Jonesy
March 29, 2018
The 2018 season was the worst in Orioles historical past by wins and losses … but it surely positive began with a bang. Nothing beats Opening Day pleasure, even within the leanest of years. The reality is, the teardown that might come months later was one thing no person noticed coming when the O’s opened ’18, intent on one final run at competition with their ageing core. Even fewer noticed it coming when Adam Jones walked off towards Fernando Rodney, giving Baltimore an exciting 3-2 Opening Day win over the Twins. It was the third consecutive Opening Day the O’s received in walk-off style, and second straight by way of a homer.
6) The Birds are born
April 13, 1954
Town of Baltimore had spent greater than a half-century with no huge league franchise when the St. Louis Browns moved east and have become the Orioles in 1954. They obtained a hero’s welcome. And whereas it took just a few years to seek out their footing on the sector, the Orioles have been tethered into the material of the town from the start, and stay so at this time. The official begin of all that was Opening Day ’54, when Tigers righty Steve Gromek outdueled Don Larson to beat the O’s, 3-0, of their first recreation of existence, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.