KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Following their longest absence from Memorial Stadium in nine years, the Orioles have a special occasion to kick off a 10-day homestand tonight (7:35, HTS) against the Seattle Mariners.
The game will mark the 1,500th consecutive game for Cal Ripken, the second longest streak in baseball history. The feat will be recognized in special pre-game ceremonies that will also recognize Ripken's selection as the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player earlier this month.
Ripken will be officially presented with his recently engraved All-Star MVP trophy and a mini-van will be presented to Baltimore Reads Inc., the charity selected by Cal and his wife Kelly. The Ripkens have been actively involved in the foundation that was formed in September 1988 to coordinate the city's literacy efforts.