It seemed odd that Gov. William Donald Schaefer would miss the final Orioles' game in Memorial Stadium and ceremonies at the new stadium he had championed.
His press secretary, Frank Traynor, initially said Schaefer decided not to go after he learned about the death of a friend shortly before the game Sunday and became saddened.
Yesterday, Schaefer offered a different reason for his absence.
"It was just suggested I not come. I reluctantly complied," the governor said during his weekly radio show on WBAL.
He reminisced about the all the times he had spent in Memorial Stadium. "Can you imagine not going out on the last day? . . . I was asked not to go. You can figure it out."