Former Orioles pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, who pitched the very first game in Camden Yards (a shutout, at that), will be on ESPN's Baseball Tonight, previewing Sunday night's Orioles game against the Yankees. We got a chance to talk to Sutcliffe about that first Opening Day, his fondness for Camden Yards, and why he picked the Orioles to win the AL East Division this year.
Does Camden Yards have a special feeling for you?
There’s no question. There will be an Opening Day every year, but there will never be the first Opening Day ever again. It truly ranks up there for me. I was blessed to throw first game at Wrigley when they turned on the lights. Those are probably the two most memorable moments of my career.
It was kind of interesting. I flew up to Baltimore in December  as a favor to [manager] Johnny Oates, who was a great friend of mine. He said he wanted to sign me, but I wasn’t sure. My daughter was older and we wanted to stay closer to home. He walked me out on the mound at Camden Yards. He told me, "You’re the only one that knows, but I already have you slated for Opening Day." I hadn’t thought about becoming an Oriole before then, but I looked...