May 26, 2012
As a serious fan of the last place Red Sox, I have been appalled to see the size of the crowds at Orioles' games (16,000 or fewer during their recent series with the Sox). It's downright disrespectful to provide a good, young and first place team who are playing attractive baseball with so little local support. And so many of the sparse crowd are Red Sox fans that the Boston TV commentators actually referred to Camden Yards as "Fenway South. " It's not enough to make me root for the Orioles, but they really do deserve better.
April 27, 2012
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, whose eighth-inning solo homer was the deciding run in the Orioles' 5-2 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday, said he's not paying attention to the American League East standings. Thursday night's win, which completed Baltimore's first three-game sweep of Toronto since Sept. 13-15, 2010, kept the Orioles in first place in the division, tied with the Tampa Bay Rays at 12-7. But to Jones, who is off to a sizzling start to the season, filling Camden Yards will be a truer indicator of the team's success.
April 1, 2011
When Oriole Park opens Monday for its 20th season at Camden Yards, fans will have more ways than ever to watch the action on the field. Five areas, called club suites, have the feel of an urban loft, complete with kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs and lounge furniture. An outdoor concourse overlooking right field has a sports bar atmosphere. Certain sections down the left-field line now offer "drink rail seating," while others have bistro-style tables shaped like home plate and swiveling chairs.
April 7, 1991
As we Orioles fans contemplate our good fortune at Memoria Stadium tomorrow, we should be grateful for the lucky bounce that will also guarantee our continued baseball pleasure at Camden Yards next year.Not everyone is so fortunate.In their first shaky season in the big leagues, Houston baseball fans poured into the first domed stadium in April, 1965 to watch President Lyndon Johnson throw out the first pitch. But a structure which Houston parvenu Judge Roy Mark Hofheinz promised would create a perfectly controlled environment and "grandeur . . . for the bleacher fan and the country club member" had skylights which nearly blinded its outfielders.
October 2, 1991
It was impulsive. It was irresponsible. It was a lark. It was lunch at the ballpark.One minute I was standing in the office behaving like a responsible adult, saying I was much too busy to go to a baseball game. Half an hour later, I was sitting behind home plate wolfing my last Memorial Stadium hot dog.The truth is that until the other day I had rarely had anything decent to eat at the stadium, which will close down after this Sunday as the Orioles move to their new downtown park.My dominant memory of Memorial Stadium hot dogs is the eerie, orange glow they exuded as they "warmed" under the concession stand heating lamps.
August 15, 2012
Cal Ripken Jr.announced today that he'll be auctioning off the 1994 Chevy Suburban that he drove for several years during his Hall of Fame career with the Orioles. Ripken drove the truck to Camden Yards the nights he tied and broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record, Sept. 5 and 6, 1995. Ripken also drove the Suburban to Orioles postseason games in 1996 and 1997, according to a news release put out by his public relations firm. The winning bidder will receive first-class airfare and lodging for two in Baltimore, and he or she will be invited to attend the Sports Legends Museum Gala honoring Ripken and fellow Hall of Famer Eddie Murray on Sept.