What’s your favorite TV memory of the Orioles at Camden Yards? For me, it’s watching Cal Ripken Jr. take a forced victory lap around a packed, appreciative ballpark on the night he played his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking the mark established by Yankees legend Lou Gehrig that was once believed to be unbreakable. Just typing about it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand at attention, baseball’s version of a Pavlovian response.
As part of the celebration surrounding the 20th anniversary season at Camden Yards in 2012, the Orioles have selected 20 Camden Yards Classics, the most exciting games at the groundbreaking stadium. Highlights of games 20 through 12 can be viewed now on CamdenYards20.com, and the top 10 games will be unveiled on MASN on a weekly basis beginning Sunday.
Game No. 10 will be shown in its entirety on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. on the O’s broadcast network, and the countdown will continue with a new game revealed each week, culminating with the most exciting game in ballpark history on Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m.
The best part of this countdown is that you get to do more than just watch. A Facebook vote is now under way to determine which will be the No. 10 game in the countdown - the game featuring Eddie Murray’s 500th home run or Ripken’s 2,130th game, which allowed The Iron Man to tie The Iron Horse. If you “Like” the O’s on Facebook, you can vote for your favorite, with the runner-up joining the highlights from games 11-20 at CamdenYards20.com.
Updates and highlights of every game will be posted on CamdenYards20.com after it airs on MASN and fans are encouraged to tweet their comments using the hashtag #CamdenYards20 on Twitter.
Set your DVR and mark your calendar now. Here’s the schedule for the games in the countdown:
* Game No. 10 Sunday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
* Game No. 9 Sunday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
* Game No. 8 Sunday, March 4, 8:30 p.m.
* Game No. 7 Sunday, March 11, 8:30 p.m.
* Game No. 6 Sunday, March 18, 4 p.m.
* Game No. 5 Sunday, March 25, 7 p.m.
* Game No. 4 Sunday, April 1, 8:30 p.m.
* Game No. 3 Sunday, April 8, 8:30 p.m.
* Game No. 2 Sunday, April 15, 8:30 p.m.
* Game No. 1 Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m.