Roch around the clock

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

The Kickoff

August 10, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

As long as we're revisiting Orioles pitchers of the past, it was, indeed, reliever Alan Mills who sprinted from the bullpen and decked Darryl Strawberry during the infamous brawl at Yankee Stadium that Armando Benitez incited with a fastball to Tino Martinez's back.

Benitez had just allowed a home run, and his intent with the next pitch was pretty obvious to everyone. I was sitting in the press box, and my night changed dramatically. The final score no longer seemed all that important.

As I've written in the past, one of my duties as the backup on the beat was locating Cal Ripken if a fight broke out, just in case the Iron Man suffered an injury that needed to be detailed in the next day's paper. I was fine until both teams tumbled into the Orioles' dugout and Ripken disappeared from view.

I did what any good reporter would do under the circumstances.

I panicked.

Fortunately, Ripken wasn't hurt.

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