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Orioles will celebrate 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken’s 2131 game

(Roberta Borea, AP)

The Orioles on Thursday announced plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken’s record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game on Sept. 1. Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s mark on Sept. 6, 1995, but the Baltimore will be on the road on Sept. 6 this season.

Ripken will throw the ceremonial first pitch as part of the festivities during the game against Tampa Bay. Fans are encouraged to share their Ripken-related photos, including shots from the record-breaking game, on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #My2131. The Orioles will select one winner to receive four tickets to the Sept. 1 game and an “on-field experience.”

[Nationals draft Cal Ripken Jr.’s son, Ryan]

I’d share my photos, but stupid 12-year-old me exposed the film in the camera I used that night.

[Quiz: How well do you know your Nats all-star game history?]

There figure to be a lot of Ripken fans wearing curly W’s in the crowd when the injury ravaged Nationals begin a three-game series against the Orioles in Baltimore on Friday. The 2,131st fan to check in using the MLB Ballpark app during the series will win four tickets to the 20th anniversary game.