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ATHLETICS AND ORIOLES SQUABBLE OVER SITE OF RIPKEN RECORD
Published February 9, 1995
In what could be a case of "much ado about nothing," A's GM Sandy Alderson and Orioles Owner Peter Angelos are engaged in a verbal war over the site of Cal Ripken's record-breaking consecutive-games-played streak. The A's have "been blessed with the home date" on August 18 and the Orioles want it. But Alderson, apparently "perturbed about reports" the Orioles had attempted to lure A's manager Tony LaRussa for their vacant managerial position and in disagreement over Angelos' position not to use replacement players, has "all but said the Orioles are not going to get" the game. Alderson: "You can be assured we're not doing a hell of a lot to cooperate with Angelos and the Orioles. I'd like nothing more than to see Ripken break the record at Oakland Coliseum. ... I'd expect Mr. Angelos to see the game personally. ... He'll enjoy the game from the third deck." Angelos: "I have no idea what (Alderson) is talking about and I have some doubt he knows what he is talking about. ... Maybe having pickup teams as major league baseball has him in an unhappy state." Alderson: "Cal Ripken means more to Baltimore than he does to us, but that doesn't mean all of baseball should accommodate Baltimore. Maybe the game should be played in the Sistine Chapel or something" (Robert Kuwanda, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/9).