Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam
March 31, 2003
It was the longest home opener, innings-wise, in stadium history, a 6-5, 13-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians. But what's remembered from this game was a freak snow squall in the second and third innings that eventually halted play for 13 minutes. There were two lasting images: Orioles starter Rodrigo Lopez throwing off the mound surrounded by quarter-sized snowflakes, and right fielder Jay Gibbons with his hands in the air as a pop fly from Ellis Burks bounced somewhere in his vicinity. It was ruled an RBI single, though no one, including the umpires, was sure where the ball landed. Gibbons quipped later: "That's probably the first time I ever thought, 'Don't hit it to me.'"