“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Trumbo crushes first opening day walk-off homer in O’s history

On April 3, Orioles fans were spoiled with a dramatic and thrilling opening day contest in a 2016 American League wild card game rematch against the Blue Jays.

Tied 2-2 with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the 11th inning, O’s slugger Mark Trumbo picked up right where he left off in 2016, when he led the majors with 47 home runs during the regular season. A solo shot to left-center field notched his sixth career walk-off homer, this one coming off Jason Grilli, which led the Birds to their seventh straight opening day victory. It was the first walk-off home run on opening day in Orioles history and the first opening day walk-off home run in the majors since 2014. Certainly a dramatic way to kick off the 25th year of Oriole Park at Camden Yards!

Of course, we have to give some credit to Manny Machado for his contrubutions to the Orioles magic that day. His jaw-dropping, diving defense and incredible throw to first base in the top of the 11th helped set up the “Trumbo Jumbo” and subsequent Gatorade bath.

Trumbo’s opening day heroics will air on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. on MASN.

Friday, Nov. 17, 12:30 p.m. - On July 15, 1989, trailing by three runs to the then California Angels, rookie Mike Devereaux hit a walk-off two-run homer in an 11-9 comeback win at Memorial Stadium. The controversial home run was reviewed for several days, but TV replays remained inconclusive. It is still one of the most disputed home runs to this day.

Monday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. - The last Fall Classic game played in Baltimore evened up the series thanks to the stellar performance from 25-year old rookie Mike Boddicker. After blanking the White Sox in the AL Championship Series, the right-hander shut down the Phillies with another complete game, allowing just one earned run with no walks and six strikeouts in 107 pitches.

Monday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. - Jonathan Schoop hit his second career walk-off hit as he doubled in Machado in the O’s 1-0 13-inning victory over the Blue Jays on Sept. 1, 2017. The Birds secured their eighth win in nine games as Kevin Gasuman tossed a solid five scoreless innings and Jimmy Yacabonis earned his first major league win.

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. - Current MASN analyst, Hall of Famer and Orioles legend Jim Palmer won his third career World Series game in the third installment of the 1983 Fall Classic, making him the only pitcher to win a World Series game in three different decades. The victory put the O’s up 2-1 in the series and on their way to an eventual championship.

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. - After taking the loss in Game 1 of the 1983 World Series, Scott McGregor redeemed himself by tossing a complete-game five-hit shutout in Game 5 to help the O’s clinch the series over the “Wheeze Kids” of Philadelphia. Eddie Murray homered twice in his last postseason appearance until 1995 (12 years), Rick Dempsey was named the World Series MVP after posting a .385 average in the five-game series and 22-year old Cal Ripken Jr. (eventual AL MVP later that year) made the final putout of the series at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m. - Zach Britton entered the record books on July 23, 2017, when he notched his 55th consecutive save to break the AL record. During Britton’s eventual 60-save streak, which began in September 2015, the lefty owned an impressive 1.14 ERA over 95 innings pitched and went a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities in 2016. He had not blown a save since Sept. 20, 2015.

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