The last time a national audience watched the Orioles play a game on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” Baltimore lost to the New York Yankees, 5-3, at Camden Yards. That was Aug. 26, 2018. Much has changed since then. By that point in the season, the sell-off that signaled the start of Baltimore’s rebuild had already transpired. Even so, none of the nine players in the starting lineup that night remain with the Orioles now, with Trey Mancini the most recent departure. In the remaining month of the season following that defeat in front of a nationally televised crowd, Baltimore would flounder its way to its first of three 100-loss seasons out of the spotlight. But when the Orioles arrive at the Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, the eyes of the country will be on them once more as part of ESPN’s broadcast.
Nationally televised game gives Orioles chance to ‘showcase exactly what we’ve built here’
August 22, 2022