On Sunday Melvin Mora likely played his final game as an Oriole. Melvin was replaced on the base paths in the 6th inning. He gave a curtain call to a standing crowd of about 5,000 with tears in his eyes. (At least I thought he had tears in his eyes. You can never be too sure with Melvin because he always looks that way.) Many fans in the stands were crying as well. Melvin’s kids, who took up an entire section, were also on hand to see their dad play his final game in the orange and black. It was a very emotional moment for all who have followed this team through the past 12 years of losing.
Melvin was the longest tenured Oriole having been here since being brought over from the Mets in the Mike Bordick deal in 2000. Melvin has been one of the few bright spots since then. He ends his career ranked in the top 10 of many Orioles offensive categories. But most importantly he loved this team and this city. That is a quality that has been hard to find over the past 12 years. Through all the losing and the dwindling of attendance Melvin has stayed true to the Orioles and has always played with pride and determination. Bohs and O’s wishes Melvin the best of luck and hopes that when his career is over he decides to settle in our great city. We will miss you Melvin.