Twenty years ago, Cal Ripken Jr. had mixed emotions leading up to the inaugural opening day at Camden Yards.
Like so many others, it didn't take long for Ripken become a fan of the new ballpark. On the 20th anniversary of that historic first game on April 6, 1992, the Baltimore Orioles will mark the occasion Friday on opening day against the Minnesota Twins.
Ripken enjoyed many a celebration at Camden Yards, most notably the night in 1995 when he set the major league record for consecutive games played. Initially, however, the Hall of Fame star was hesitant to back the team's move from venerable Memorial Stadium.
''I have to tell you, I was very torn because of the history of Memorial Stadium and the love I had for Memorial Stadium,'' Ripken said this week. ''I remember walking into Camden Yards for the first time, and it felt like the ballpark had a history already. It felt like games had been played there before. It had a real good baseball feel to it. It made you quickly forge...