If Ripken's knee hadn't improved, this would be the No. 1 moment. But it did, and the infamous, nearly 20-minute fight between the Seattle Mariners and Orioles simply stands as the most memorable donnybrook in stadium history. It erupted in the seventh inning when Mussina plunked Mariners catcher Bill Haselman in apparent retaliation for several pitches having been thrown behind Orioles. Haselman charged the mound, and the dugouts and bullpens opened. Skirmishes kept breaking out, and, ultimately, seven players and Mariners manager Lou Piniella were ejected. Ripken wasn't directly involved in the fights, but he twisted his right knee during the melee and woke up the next morning with it horribly swollen. He later said that was the closest he came to not playing during the streak. That was consecutive game 1,790.
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