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Orioles and Royals fans have long-suffering history in common
Orioles and Royals fans have long-suffering history in common

Cal Ripken Jr. remembers well the pleasures of playing in Kansas City the last time the Royals were contenders — the smart, respectful fans who adored their team but would also applaud an opponent's standout catch. "Playing in Kansas City was a lot like playing in Baltimore," the Orioles great said Thursday as his former club prepared to play the Royals in the American League Championship Series, which begins Friday. Both the Orioles and Royals perennially contended for pennants in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Then, both teams stumbled into ruts of losing and humiliation that lasted more than a decade and nearly cost them a generation of supporters. But now,...

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