THANK YOU, J.J.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy receives a standing ovation before his first at-bat in what was likely his last home game as an Oriole Sept. 24. Hardy went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to help the Orioles win their home finale, 9-4, against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles are not expected to pick up the club option on Hardy, who played seven seasons in Baltimore, winning three Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger award and making an All-Star Game start. "I'll be an Oriole for life," Hardy said after the game. " … All my teammates, I'm a person who really cares what people think about me. And to see the way they reacted to me was pretty special. … Today is a day that I'll always remember, for sure."