Twins, Orioles mark Camden Yards’ 20th anniversary 06 Apr 12

Baltimore, Mary. (AP) – Twenty years ago, Cal Ripken Jr. had mixed feelings about the opening of Camden Yards.

Ripken wasn’t eager to leave Memorial Stadium, but says when he walked into the Baltimore Orioles’ new ballpark for the first time it already “felt like had a history”.

The Orioles will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the inaugural opener at Camden Yards on Friday when they face the Minnesota Twins in a duel of teams that finished in last place in 2011.

Jake Arietta will start for the Orioles, who beat Cleveland 2-0 in the first game at the ballpark.

Back then, Camden Yards was a new stadium with an old-fashioned feel. Two decade later, it’s an old stadium that has aged very well.