Forget the rest. Here we are, bottom of the 10th inning with Baltimore and Minnesota tied, 2-2. It's strategy time with the two best managerial minds in baseball - Earl Weaver and Gene Mauch - at War.
Weaver is going to win, 3-2, when Lee May slaps a two-out single to left with men on second and third - and first base open begging for an intentional walk.
Mauch is going to wind up cursing and throwing things in his office because his star reliever, Mike Marshall, threw May a strike on a 1-0 pitch instead of teasing the free-swinging Big Bopper.
Mark Belanger's leadoff walk against Marshall started the wheels turning.
Mauch anticipated a Ken Singleton bunt and first baseman Ron Jackson charge the plate. Weaver hates sacrifice bunts, always has, Singleton swung away and crushed a liner at Jackson.
Had Jackson been standing on first, it was a double play. Instead, the ball glanced off his glove for a single.
Next, Weaver ordered slugger Eddie Murray to sacrifice. "I was biting my tongue," said Weaver, "It almost Backfired."
Murray's bunt was perfect. Now Mauch played his trump: a five-man infield with outfielder Bombo Rivera behind second.
Gary Roenicke, who homered earlier and ran a streak to seven straight hits, was indecisive, checked his swing on the first pitch and hit a feeble pop-up to first. Trick to Mauch.
Mound conference for the Twins. The crowd of 11,905 expects a walk to May with Marshall facing feeble switch-hitter Billy Smith. May leads the American League in game-winning hits (9), while Smith is notoriously poor in the clutch.
Net result: the O's, after a morale-corroding 3-6 road trip, win the first of a homestead and hold their one-game division lead. The Twins, fallen from first place to fourth, continue to slide the against the AL East powers.