BALTIMORE - In the midst of the Orioles first playoff run in 15 years, the O's are honoring their iron man tonight. The team's living legend series continues, and tonight it's all about Cal Ripken Jr.
It is seventeen years to the day that Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's 56-year record of 2130 consecutive games. Ripken extended the record to 2632 before taking a seat in 1998.
The game was against the California Angels and President Clinton was at the game.
Ripken received a 22-minute ovation and did a lap around the field.
Tonight, prior to its series with the Yankees, the Orioles will unveil Ripken’s statue in Monument Park.
Gates open at 5 p.m.and the ceremony starts at 5:15. There will be an on field ceremony at 6:20 before the start of the game, which tonight is a sell-out.
Monica Barlow, Oriole’s public relations director says fans should plan on arriving early and urges everyone to be patient.
This is obviously a night to celebrate Ripken's career and legacy, not to mention the kick-off of a critical series with the Yankees.
The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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