Don from 'The Newsroom' loves the Orioles because 'Cal Ripken saved baseball'
The Newsroom's Don says Cal Ripken saved baseball
The year was 1995: the Baltimore Ravens didn't exist, the Wizards were the Bullets and Cal Ripken Jr. was still nearly a full season away from breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak. It would be nearly another decade before Omar Little started knocking over corners on HBO's The Wire. (Sorry, had to.)
Thomas Sadoski was a 19-year-old aspiring actor nearly two decades away from landing his breakout role as Don in Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama, The Newsroom. Baseball was looking to rebound from the strike-shortened 1994 season and Sadoski -- who spent parts of his childhood in Connecticut and Texas -- was hoping someone would step up and welcome fans back to the game. That person, he says, was none other than the Iron Man himself, Cal Ripken Jr.
Ripken broke Gehrig's incredible streak on September 6, 1995. The following season, the O's made it to the ALCS, but fell short of Jeter's Yankees in a series higlighted by the controversial no-call on fan interference out in right field. In '97, the O's outscored the Indians 19-18 in six games, but managed to lose the ALCS for a second straight season. In '99, Sadoski met his wife, a Baltimore native, and eventually made his first trip to Camden Yards:
[h/t The Baltimore Sun]