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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Let's see if the Oriole Park chef can sweep his competition right out of Ted Allen's TV kitchen. Oriole Park executive chef John Distenfeld is competing on Wednesday night's special ballpark edition of "Chopped. "  Distenfeld's competitors on the taped episode are executive chefs from three other major league stadiums -- Jessica Helms, executive chef at Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals; James Majors, executive chef at Great American Ball Park for the Cincinnati Reds; and Cristobal Vazquez, executive chef at Globe Life Park for the Texas Rangers.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2014
For Nancy and Bob Reigle, the call came down to America's Colonial showplace versus the Orioles in the playoffs. "We have wanted to go to Williamsburg for some time," said Nancy Reigle, a retired teacher in the Baltimore County public schools who had scheduled a trip to begin Oct. 20 - the day before the start of the World Series. "I was keeping an eye on the schedules, and then I noticed that the American League has home field advantage [for the World Series], and that they could be playing in Baltimore that Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Peter Schmuck | February 11, 2012
The Orioles are searching for the voice of a new generation, and Oriole Park vibrated Saturday with the sounds of the 25 semifinalists who are hoping to become the full-time public address announcer for the team's 20th anniversary season at Camden Yards. The competition began with 670 hopefuls - some of whom produced their audition recordings at FanFest in the hope of replacing Dave McGowan, who stepped down in December after 14 seasons. The candidates who showed up on this wintry afternoon included a surprisingly diverse cross-section of the Orioles fan base and the local media.
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Dan Rodricks | October 9, 2014
One of the things I like about baseball - and there are a lot of things to like, especially when the Orioles reach the American League Championship Series - is the way it marks time. You don't have to be a stats freak to remember the milestones. When your team is alive in October, the year of that happy development registers forever. In the Barry Levinson-directed film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's "The Natural," the fictional slugger Roy Hobbs shatters the glass clock in center field with a line-drive home run. That is to say: Baseball will never be ruled by time.
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By Peter Schmuck | April 12, 2014
It took five games, but the new video replay system finally debuted at Oriole Park on Saturday night when Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged a ruling by umpire Chris Conroy that Edwin Encarnacion was pulled off the bag on a close play at first base. Orioles second baseman Steve Lombardozzi dropped a bunt toward third base and Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison pounced on the ball and hurried his throw to first base. The ball sailed high and Encarnacion appeared to lose contact with the bag when he extended to catch it, but it appeared he might have recontacted the bag before Lombardozzi got there.
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October 9, 2010
Whoever replaces Aramark as the concessionaire at Oriole Park at Camden Yards — and the Orioles are keeping that announcement under their caps — they will have a tough act to follow. While the baseball team has had its ups and downs, the ballpark fare under Aramark's 19-year tenure has been consistently good and widely imitated. Concepts such as selling food on a promenade like Eutaw Street, having a former ballplayer such as Boog Powell cook barbecue at the park, and serving regional favorites like crab soup and coddies were mostly hatched at Camden Yards and have now popped up at ballparks around the country.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2011
Oriole Park at Camden Yards , which will mark its 20th anniversary season next spring, may soon be getting a makeover — one that will make the area overlooking center field into a year-round attraction. The street-level picnic area behind the center-field wall would be reconfigured into a park where fans can stroll in and gaze out on the diamond, even in December, according to a Maryland Stadium Authority plan. The area would have expanded space for concessions and a rooftop viewing area.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2012
As soon as the gates opened at noon Friday, Peter Hudak raced up the stairs to the new rooftop deck behind the center-field wall of Oriole Park at Camden Yards . The Columbia resident held a standing-room-only ticket, and his plan all along was to secure one of the precious stools that offer a fresh, stunning view of the 20-year-old park. He brought to his perch a bag of Doritos, a bottle of Dr Pepper and an absolute determination to hold his seat, which appeared to be coveted by hundreds of other patrons.
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June 13, 2013
A 25-year-old man is struggling for his life at a local hospital after an altercation involving patrons during a ball game at Oriole Park last week ("Taunting at O's game ends in intensive care," June 1). This situation could have been averted if fans nearby, or the victim himself, Matt Fortese, had approached an usher or an Orioles employee when the situation grew dicey. The ushers and other ball park employees are there so fans have the best possible experience while attending the game.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2012
Amnesty for fans who jump on the field and run around like maniacs at Oriole Park at Camden Yards appears to be over.  Like a Caped Crusader vanishing into the night, Mark Harvey - the guy who ran onto the field on Opening Day in a cape and Batman underwear - escaped criminal charges for his stunt due to a "miscommunication" by prosecutors. And while the State's Attorney's Office still had the ability to charge him after the fact, they opted not to while simultaneously vowing to prosecute others in the future.  So was it an empty threat?
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Races in the Baltimore Running Festival will begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled because of the Orioles' deep run into the baseball postseason. In a letter to participants posted on the running festival's website , organizer Lee Corrigan wrote that start times were made earlier to "ensure all public safety personnel can be deployed in an organized fashion. " The festival, which includes a marathon, half-marathon, group relay, 5k and kids race, will stagger starting times between 7 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 18, the day the Orioles and Kansas City Royals would potentially play Game 7 of the American League Championship Series at Camden Yards.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
After polishing off a sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, the Orioles are in flight back to Baltimore. The team is expected to arrive at Camden Yards around 3:30 p.m., the team wrote on Twitter. "We're coming home!" the club tweeted from its official account. "The #Orioles are expected to arrive at the SW corner of Oriole Park shortly after 3:30 p.m. See you there! #WeWontStop " The Orioles won't play again until Friday, when they open the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Let's see if the Oriole Park chef can sweep his competition right out of Ted Allen's TV kitchen. Oriole Park executive chef John Distenfeld is competing on Wednesday night's special ballpark edition of "Chopped. "  Distenfeld's competitors on the taped episode are executive chefs from three other major league stadiums -- Jessica Helms, executive chef at Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals; James Majors, executive chef at Great American Ball Park for the Cincinnati Reds; and Cristobal Vazquez, executive chef at Globe Life Park for the Texas Rangers.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 2, 2014
It wasn't magic. It was just Thursday. OK, it was a Thursday in October, so there already was something special about it, but the Orioles' 12-3 victory in Game 1 of their division series against the Detroit Tigers was just a postseason compilation of all the ways this team has found to win over the course of this amazing and uplifting season. Nelson Cruz, who was signed in February to be their designated playoff hero, launched a two-run home run in the first inning to find his name mentioned in the same sentence with some guy named Babe Ruth, Chris Tillman ground out five tough innings and the bullpen did what it has been doing with amazing regularity since Day One. Why should anyone be surprised by that?
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By Peter Schmuck | September 16, 2014
Just chalk it up as one more thing that nobody could have imagined when this baseball season started. The Orioles and the Washington Nationals clinched their respective East division titles almost simultaneously. The Nats officially were the first major league team to lock up a title, getting the last out of a 3-0 victory over the second-place Atlanta Braves at 9:48 EDT in their 150 th game of the season. The Orioles would wrap up the AL East at 10:09 p.m., but they needed 151 games to stamp their ticket to the playoffs.
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By Audrey A. Cockrum and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
As the Star-Spangled Spectacular, one of the largest events in Baltimore history, takes place across the city this weekend to commemorate the 200th birthday of our national anthem, Janine Stange will be celebrating her own musical milestone. On Aug. 28, the New York native became the first person to perform the national anthem in all 50 states. As part of this weekend's festivities, Stange, also known as "National Anthem Girl," will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at events around the city.
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June 29, 2013
BOWIE -- The pitching line probably won't knock your socks off, but Wei-Yin Chen hit 93 mph on the radar gun and pitched well except for a brief battle with his control in the fourth inning of his start on Saturday night for the Double-A Bowie Baysox . That's probably good enough to send him back into the major league rotation for his next start, though no decision is likely for a few days. Chen gave up four runs to the Harrisburg Senators in the fourth -- two of them on a ground ball down the third base line that wasn't hit particularly hard -- and chalked that one-inning lapse up a problem locating his breaking ball early in some counts.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2011
They came here from out of town, but come Opening Day, they'll be serving Baltimore fans Old Bay wings, Polock Johnny's sausage and soft-shell crabs battered in Natty Boh. Oriole Park's new concessionaire, the Buffalo, N.Y.-based Delaware North Companies Sportservice, unveiled a new stadium menu Wednesday with a decidedly local flair. They brought the traditional (a tastefully done crab cake), the outrageous (an Esskay hot dog topped with smoked pit beef, pepperoni hash stewed tomatoes and crispy onions)
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Friday presented perfect weather for a doubleheader between the Orioles and rival New York Yankees, and a chance for the Orioles to build on their lead in the bid for a division crown. Yet as fans filed into a sun-filled Oriole Park at Camden Yards at noontime, a cloud also rolled in with word of infielder Chris Davis' 25-game suspension by Major League Baseball. He tested positive for a banned amphetamine. "I'm so disappointed," said Gary Martin, a 55-year-old from Annapolis who came to the early game of the doubleheader with his wife, Trisha.
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By Greg Abel | September 11, 2014
My favorite Orioles-Yankees game of the last 15 years took place during the 2012 American League Division Series. On a chilly October night at Camden Yards, the Orioles beat the Yanks 3-2 to tie the series at one game apiece. Yankee fans often occupied half the seats at Oriole Park during regular season match-ups, but the stands that night were a beautiful sea of orange and black. After 14 years of futility, the Orioles finally didn't stink, and the hometown fans took full, vocal ownership of the stadium.
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