Grab yourself a seat in the Orioles' dugout


September 17, 1995|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

If you want to play for the Orioles, you'll probably have to wait awhile. But if you want to see what it's like to be an Oriole, the wait is a lot shorter.

By taking a tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, you can act as if you were an Oriole by sitting in the dugout and walking on the field.

"You really feel like an Oriole here," said Kevin Brock, 13, of Randallstown, walking on the grass between home plate and first base. "I just need a uniform and a bat, and I'm ready."

Most of the excitement came when the tour headed down the long tunnel behind home plate to the field.

"It's unbelievable," said Tyler Henderson, 11, of Baltimore, immediately after stepping out of the runway. "Everything looks so big from down here. I've never seen it when the seats were all empty before."

After walking on the field, everyone --es to the dugout.

"I can't believe I am sitting in the same spot Cal [Ripken] might have," said David Walters, 13, of Millersville, jumping into the dugout. "It looks just as big as it does on TV."

Chad Runson, 12, of Baltimore said: "It's a lot cleaner than I thought. Where are all the sunflower seeds and the tobacco?"

The tour also takes you behind the scenes of Camden Yards, to the press box and to the scoreboard control station.

"I really never wondered how [the scoreboard] worked," said Rachel Thompson, 12, of Silver Spring. "When we first got here, I thought it was going to be boring. But after you see how they do it, it's kind of cool. I'll never forget it."

There is also a video that shows other parts of the ballpark, including the clubhouse.

"That's the only thing I didn't like," Walters said. "I thought I could see the locker room. It's nice to see it on the video, but it's not the same as being there like in the dugout."

The tours, which cost $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 years old and younger, last 1 hour, 15 minutes.

From Monday to Saturday, the tours are given between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tours on Sunday are from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. but are not given on days of afternoon home games.

Bird call

If you want to bring some of the excitement from Camden Yards home, the Oriole Bird is available for birthday parties and other events. Call Bromley Lowe at (410) 547-6140 for more


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