5 things to remember about Opening Day '99

Opening Day 1999

April 06, 1999|By Peter Schmuck

1: The Orioles paid an emotional tribute to former coach and manager Cal Ripken Sr., which included a video memorial, a moment of silence and the unveiling of a commemorative No. 7 in the third base coaching box.

2: Right fielder Albert Belle hit a three-run homer during the Orioles' third-inning comeback and became the first Orioles player to receive a curtain call in 1999.

3: Center fielder Brady Anderson, who had suffered through an injury-ravaged 1998 season, kicked off the new season with a home run and two singles.

4: Third baseman Cal Ripken left the game in the third inning with renewed lower-back pain. The extent of the inflammation will determine whether he goes on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

5: New closer Mike Timlin came on in the ninth inning to avert a Tampa Bay comeback and record his first save in an Orioles uniform.

Pub Date: 4/06/99

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