This is the way I see it... As a (some what former) die hard Baltimore Orioles fan, they gave me some GREAT days!!!! As young as I was at the time, I still remember cheering like crazy for Brooks Robinson!!! Then was that 83 World Championship team with great players such as Eddie Murry, Rick Dempsey, Al Bumbry, Jim Plamer, Mike Flanagan, Ken Singleton, etc. Yes, I also followed the Padres. I remember their first trip to the World Series against the Tigers and I got excited in the first game. Tigers were expected to wipe them out fast but the Padres hung tough. The final score was 2-1. That made me think that they had a chance!!! As baseball got cooler, then came that strike in 94. I was pissed but at the same time I was like “who cares? Football is right around the corner!!!” Then when the strike continued into 95, I realized what a cool season 94 would have been and how this was starting to hurt. When the strike ended, there was only one thing that kept my interest... CAL RIPKIN!!!! I don’t care want anybody says... CAL SAVED BASEBALL!!! MLB was playing in front of a few hundred fans at best. As Cal’s streak got closer, fan attendance increased!!! MLB owes their blood to him!!! After Cal, came Mcguire and Sosa. THAT WAS AWESOME until the truth came out. Really a shame because that was just what the MLB doctor ordered!!! Conseko... what a douche!!! He just couldn’t stand to see guys setting records without domestic abuse charges. In 2002... they had the balls to threaten to strike again. UNTIL... the over paid, overrated pre madonnas realized there was not CAL RIPKIN to save their sorry *** this time!!! Since then, baseball has gone down the drain. Unless you’re a Yankees or Red Sox fan, there’s no point in watching.