“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Fond memories of power and playoff performances

When you think back on your favorite Orioles memories, what makes you smile most?

Are you partial to score-changing home runs? Does the postseason get you all juiced up? Perhaps you’re one of those who favors nostalgia over all else?

Regardless, we’ve got a smattering of each in this week’s smorgasbord of “Orioles Classics” on MASN. So take a break from those endless emails promising early Black Friday shopping deals and tune in to relive these standout moments in Baltimore baseball history.

Thursday, Nov. 21 - 9 a.m. - Game 3 of the 1996 American League Division Series between the O’s and Indians wasn’t one of the Birds’ better postseason performances. But B.J. Surhoff went deep, a three-run homer in the fourth providing a short-lived 4-3 lead in what turned out to be a 9-4 win by the Tribe, their only one in the best-of-five series.

Thursday, Nov. 21 - 7 p.m. - You say you like prodigious power displays? Well, we’ve got a good one for you. Manny Machado went deep three times against the Angels on Aug. 18, 2017. But it was his final blast, a walk-off grand slam off Kenyan Middleton, that was the difference-maker in a 9-7 victory at Camden Yards. If you have a longball affinity, this game was for you: the O’s and Halos combined for 10 round-trippers.

Friday, Nov. 22 - 9 a.m. - It’s back to the postseason, specifically Game 4 of the 1996 ALDS, when the Orioles needed 12 innings to vanquish the Indians. Roberto Alomar’s RBI single off José Mesa in the ninth tied the game at 3-3 and Alomar struck again off Joe Table in the 12th, homering in the top of the frame for a 4-3 win.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 - 7 p.m. - Opening day of the 2018 season was ripe with the usual pageantry at Camden Yards, and the 45,469 who packed the home park went home happy, though it took a little longer than expected. In the 11th inning, Adam Jones walked off the Twins by leading off with a homer off Fernando Rodney for a 3-2 Orioles triumph.

Wednesday, Nov. 27 - 1 p.m. - What do you remember most about Oct. 6, 1991, the Orioles’ final game at Memorial Stadium? Most people forget that the Orioles fell 7-1 to the Tigers. Joe Orsulak’s first-inning groundout plated Mike Devereaux, who had tripled, with the home squad’s only run of the afternoon after the Tigers had roughed up Bob Milacki in the opening frame. The last Orioles pitcher to throw a pitch at the venerable gray lady on 33rd Street was Mike Flanagan, who fanned Travis Fryman swinging. But the real fun began after Cal Ripken Jr. grounded into a game-ending double play, with a postgame celebration that was both magical and memorable.

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