A nationally televised Sunday night game against the New York Yankees, this looked like a ratings clunker as the Orioles played out the string. But when the Orioles came out in the first inning, something was different. Rookie Ryan Minor was at third base and not Cal Ripken Jr. It took an out for the Yankees to realize what was happening, then the entire team came to the top step of the dugout and applauded Ripken, who was ending his consecutive games streak, on his terms, at 2,632 games. Ripken doffed his cap to the Yankees, then came back out and bowed to the crowd.
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