Last night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the 1983 World Championship reunited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the organization's third and most recent World Series victory.
Although I was only five years old when Baltimore won the holy grail, and have absolutely no recollection of that time aside from a few events, it was nice to partake in the nostalgia and learn why the 1983 team was so special and still resonate in the hearts of many.
Through stories and images shown on the large video screen in center field -- before, during and after the game -- fans who remember that period got to relive happy memories; meanwhile, a whole new generation got to see a winning Oriole team on the field.
During the on-field ceremonies, the players seem to jostling and having fun with one another. Despite the crowd being a lot smaller than expected in the stands -- as it seemed a lot of fans were waiting for autographs in the concourse and on Eutaw Street (where the trophy was being displayed) -- the fans gave their respects to their heroes of yesteryear, and the players responded in kind.
Seeing Cal, Eddie, Mike Flanagan, Boddicker, Jim Palmer, Dennis Martinez along with Tippy on the field with my own eyes brought back images I've seen on video as well as stories I've heard and again from the mouths of fans and the media about the good ol' days of Oriole baseball.
Although many fans have not experienced seeing the Orioles as a winning team, it was good to see the good 'ol days once again come to life and in living color.
In other news, it rained hard and stormed last night -- the game was suspended until Thursday afternoon -- and the Orioles managed to lose two games in a row in the same day.
’83 Orioles World Series 25th Anniversary; July 23rd