Which Baltimore Sporting Event Do You Regret Leaving Early? And Who Is To Blame?

Perhaps you’ve seen the story that ESPN’s Michael Wilbon left Sunday’s Chicago Cubs game early and therefore missed David Bote’s walk-off grand slam against the Washington Nationals. That is, ahem, not so grand.

The “time-I-missed-a-great-sports-ending” storyline is a fun one. It can even make for movie magic. You don’t have to like the Boston Red Sox to appreciate the “I gotta see about a girl” scene from “Good Will Hunting.” It’s a classic. (RIP Robin Williams.)

My wife, a Nashville native, was in the process of leaving the Tennessee Titans’ stadium with her parents as the Music City Miracle occurred. The roar of the crowd – and the scene on the concourse TVs – brought them running back to their section, and they celebrated accordingly. She’ll never live that down with me. That was her “time-I-missed-a-great-sports-ending” moment.

I can’t claim nearly as great a story of my own (which is why I shared hers in the first place). The moment that comes to mind most immediately happened a few years ago when the Orioles hit two grand slams in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Kansas City Royals. We left during the top of the inning because of our kids and missed both home runs. I’m sure there are plenty of tales – including Michael Wilbon’s – that involve the blaming of children.

So what’s your story? Which Baltimore sporting event do you regret leaving early? And who is to blame?

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3 Responses to Which Baltimore Sporting Event Do You Regret Leaving Early? And Who Is To Blame?

  1. duker says:

    I didn’t leave early, but I went to beat the bathroom rush before half time at the Ravens/Broncos game in 2002. The Broncos were lining up for a long field goal with 1 second left in the half. I figured if they make it, whatever, if they miss, that’s cool.

    In the bathroom I hear the crowd roar. “I guess they missed it” I thought.

    Turns out Chris McAlister ran back the missed kick for a 107-yard touchdown, with Ray Lewis (playing special teams!) lays one of the most brutal blocks you’ve ever seen. The 107-yard touchdown was then a record for longest play in NFL history.

    • mptaylor11 says:

      I remember that play well. That has to fall into the “couldn’t have predicted that” category. Of course, I always considered that it could happen again AFTER McAlister did it.

  2. s says:

    I was in middle school or so, and went to an Orioles game with a friend and his parents. The Orioles were trailing in the top of the 9th, so we left to beat traffic on our ride back to the suburbs. A few innings later, Lenn Sakata was catching, and we were listening on the radio!

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