by Matthew Taylor
Need a distraction to avoid thinking about Monday’s 6-5 loss to the Royals? (Repeat after me: The bullpen is fine, the bullpen is fine, the bullpen is fine.) Clear away those flashbacks to last season with a visit to The Love of Sports, which offers up its list of “Baseball’s 50 Strangest Moments.”
It’s no surprise that Manny Ramirez’s name litters a list with the word “strange” in it. Listed below are some of the moments with O’s connections.
No. 42: Derek Jeter homers against the Orioles in the 1996 ALCS with a little help from 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier. (Editor’s note: This is supposed to help? Sorry.)
38. Vladimir Guerrero golfs a base hit off a Pete Harnisch pitch that bounced before home plate.
No. 35: Manny Ramirez dives in front of a relay throw from centerfield, allowing David Newhan to score on an inside-the-park home run.
No. 34: Miguel Cabrera clubs a hit while Baltimore pitcher Todd Williams throws the ball too close to the plate during an attempted intentional walk.
No. 20: For the first time in 2,633 games, Cal Ripken was not in the Orioles lineup when they took the field on 9/20/1998.