Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Cal Ripken, Jr., 1993 Investor's Journal #6
Jim Johnson, with a spotless ERA in 2013, got two quick outs before giving up a pair of unimpressive singles. Time to bear down and...whoops, he nailed Brett Lawrie on the arm with a pitch. Bases loaded, but that left it up to Maicer Izturis, brother of Cesar and owner of a lifetime OPS+ of 92. Jim threw four straight balls, none especially close to the strike zone, to force in the go-ahead run. Brian Matusz was called upon to strand three more runners; he's 24-for-24 in stranding inherited runners since moving to the bullpen last year. But the horse was out of the barn. The bottom of the O's order went down 1-2-3 in their final at-bats, and it was a 6-5 final. Goodbye, 17-game extra-innings win streak. Goodbye to my personal 10-game winning streak as a Camden Yards spectator. It took some freaky stuff to make it happen...
But still not as freaky as Cal Ripken posing for a photo in an Orioles jersey with no number on the front AND no dot above the "i". What's that about?