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A year after the dreadful 1988 season that started 0-21, the Baltimore Orioles shocked the world with a squad of young players and a few cast-offs who managed to stay in playoff contention until the bitter end.

As the wins kept piling up, Baltimore collectively asked, “Why Not?” The 1989 Orioles might not be the best team in club history, but they did renew the fans’ faith in Baltimore baseball and inspired an incredible, only-in-the-’80s song and home video.

To mark the 30th anniversary of that remarkable turnaround, the Orioles are inviting veterans of the “Why Not?” team to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for a pregame ceremony, featuring Cal Ripken Jr., Jeff Ballard, Phil Bradley, Mike Devereaux, Rene Gonzales, Tim Hulett, Dave Johnson, Bob Milacki, Gregg Olson, Joe Orsulak, Jamie Quirk, Bill Ripken, Dave Schmidt, Larry Sheets, Mike Smith, Mark Williamson and Craig Worthington. Many of those players will also participate in a special reunion and luncheon.

Also, the first 20,000 fans age 15 and older at Friday’s game will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

But that won’t be the only special offer. The Orioles announced that, starting this morning, they are rolling back prices for the Houston Astros series on Aug. 9-11 to 1989 prices. Tickets in sections 1-17 will cost $8.50, and upper deck tickets in sections 316-324 and 348-356 will be $6.50.

The flash sale, which is already underway, lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 4. Head to for more details.

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Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore...