There was the news conference when he first signed, and the game Hagerstown played last summer after an Orioles contest, but, other than that, the new Orioles pitcher had not spent any time in Baltimore.
Even when the call came last week that the Orioles wanted him, it was in Chicago, not Baltimore.
But the night has finally come for Mike Mussina to make his Memorial Stadium debut, on this, the 29th to last game in the stadium that has been home to the Orioles since 1954. It will come against the same White Sox Mussina faced last Sunday in his major-league debut. Mussina (0-1, 1.17) gave up only four hits and one run in that game, but lost, 1-0, to veteran knuckleballer Charlie Hough (7-6, 3.35 ERA), the man the White Sox send to the mound tonight.
"I imagine there will probably be some of the same nerves again, since I had my debut on the road, but this is going to be at home," Mussina said.