Which pitcher do you most hate seeing the Orioles face?
I’m back from the beach, with no discernible color on my cadaver-white, Irish Catholic skin.
No burns, either. So I considered that a small victory.
More important, the bar is open just in time for the Orioles to take another shot at history.
They were seven outs away from being up-close spectators of a perfect game.
The pitcher who had retired 20 straight Orioles to begin Monday night?
Andy Pettitte, the New York Yankees’ veteran left-hander and one of the greatest Oriole killers of all time.
Pettitte lost the perfect game when former Oriole Jerry Hairston Jr., booted Adam Jones’ two-out grounder in the seventh. The no-hitter evaporated when Nick Markakis singled in the next at-bat.
An eighth-inning Melvin Mora homer ruined the shutout, but Pettitte still got his 26th win against the Orioles, moving him into a tie with Catfish Hunter for second all-time in wins against the Orioles.
Only Whitey Ford, with 30, has more.
We’ve discussed Oriole killers before. We’ll put a slightly different twist on it today.
When Pettitte goes out to the mound in Camden Yards, you absolutely expect him to dominate the home team since we have seen it so many times before.
But who else gives you that feeling when he faces the Orioles?
Roy Halladay? Jamie Moyer? Every starter in the AL East?
Daily Think Special: Which pitcher do you most hate seeing the Orioles face?