For O's, it's rest time, party time, tee time 1993 ALL-STAR GAME AT CAMDEN YARDS

July 12, 1993|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

As of today, the Orioles will become baseball's displaced team. The All-Stars move in through tomorrow night's game, and the Orioles move out until Wednesday's workout.

For Gregg Olson and Chris Hoiles, it's a chance to push further behind them the disappointment of not being chosen to the American League team by manager Cito Gaston.

"It's going to make it [the break] a little bit tougher," Olson, a 1990 All-Star, said yesterday at Camden Yards, "knowing that it might be my one chance to play in an All-Star Game in front of the home fans."

Said Hoiles: "I'd have given anything to play in my first All-Star Game in my home park. It would have been one of the biggest things to happen to me in baseball. But at the same time, it's going to be helpful to take three days off."

Some are staying in town; others are leaving. Some are coming to the game; others aren't even going to watch it. The facilities at Oriole Park will be off-limits to the Orioles until after the All-Stars 00 depart, so they will take advantage of their mini-vacation.

Rick Sutcliffe, a three-time All-Star, has a full schedule of activities planned for some 50 family members and friends, including comedian Bill Murray and possibly basketball superstar Charles Barkley. Sutcliffe will be playing host to a party tonight at a restaurant in Annapolis.

"I'm going to be playing golf at the Naval Academy with one of the team trainers, so if I need any treatment, he'll be there," Sutcliffe said jokingly. "The only thing I'll need to do is take some of the swelling off my ERA."

Ben McDonald plans to visit family in Louisiana, and hopes to get in some fishing in Mississippi. But because he will be starting the team's first game after the break, Thursday night against the Minnesota Twins, McDonald doesn't know what kind of break it will be.

L "I'll probably start thinking about it [tomorrow]," he said.

But, he added, "You need a break. Most people think playing in the big leagues is great, and it is, but it's like any other job. It can get stale after a while. It's a long season, and you need a break away from it."

Mark McLemore, who has had an All-Star-type year, will try to get away to "some place cool" with his wife, Capri, and their 1-year-old daughter, DeMarca.

It won't be as eventful a break as he had four years ago, when he and Capri were married. Anyway, McLemore is playing in what he jokingly called "my own all-star game."

And where will it be held? "In my mind," he said.

A year after playing in his first All-Star Game, Brady Anderson will be going to his second. Anderson was one of a handful of Orioles who exercised their option to buy tickets. He also was thinking about going to watch today's workout.

"The thing about playing in the All-Star Game is just being there, being selected to play," said Anderson. "That's even more important than playing in the game."

Anderson said that he hasn't been to a game as a fan since high school. On the other hand, Todd Frohwirth hasn't been to one just to watch since spring training.

This will be Frohwirth's first All-Star Game.

"This time, I'll be able to eat a lot during the game," Frohwirth said.

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July 13, 1993 Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The final pieces come together today, as the starting pitchers and batting orders are revealed, as as well as announcement on who will sing the national anthem.

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