Lippy, Gouge treated to Opening Day

April 07, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

Two Carroll commissioners were guests of the home team on Opening Day Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yard.

Commissioners Elmer C. Lippy and Julia W. Gouge had free terrace level seats courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles.

"That's one of the nicest perks I think I've had with this job in a long time," Mrs. Gouge said.

The team invited elected officials throughout the state to attend the sellout game against the Texas Rangers, the commissioners said.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell was invited, but didn't go.

"I'm not interested in baseball. If it had been a wrestling match, I'd probably have been there," he said.

Mr. Lippy wasn't impressed by the first pitch thrown by President Clinton, a fellow Democrat.

"He'd never make the major leagues," Mr. Lippy said. "He'd never make the Manchester fireman's association softball league."

Monday's game was the first Opening Day the 72-year-old commissioner has attended, he said. His 13-year-old grandson, Colin Lippy, went with him.

5l Colin was impressed that his granddad -- who he calls "Beebop" -- knew Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

They also saw Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder. When his grandson asked if he knew Mr. Wilder, Mr. Lippy said, he had to acknowledge his connections didn't stretch that far.

Mrs. Gouge said she saw two of former President George Bush's children.

"You sort of caught everybody's enthusiasm," she said. "Everybody was there for the same reason -- to have a good time, to root for the home team."

The new stadium was a controversial issue before it was built, but it has proved to be good for the state because it attracts people and money, Mrs. Gouge said.

The commissioners said they also attended a party on the sixth floor of the Camden Yard warehouse.

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