The game was tied in the bottom of the ninth and the Orioles needed a runner in scoring position. Everybody, from the players perched on the top step of the dugout to the 26,379 fans at Camden Yards yesterday, knew that Corey Patterson was about to try to steal second base.
It was just a matter of when. Patterson fully expected to see a pitchout, as did his manager, Sam Perlozzo. But one didn't come on Shawn Camp's first pitch to Kevin Millar, so Patterson decided the time had come.