September 7, 2012
In past years when the feared yet despised Yankees came to Baltimore in September, Orioles fans' only concern was whether they would be sitting next to a boisterous Yanks fan ("Who expected this?" Sept. 5). The only real hope was that the Orioles fans would be able to muster a higher decibel level than the Yankees fans when the chants began. We have all seen them; they would enter our beloved Camden Yards with their pinstriped jerseys, bold blue hats with the iconic lettering, and their pompous "Got Rings"?
August 15, 2012
These weren't the same Boston Red Sox who used to regularly come to Camden Yards and bully the Orioles in their own ballpark. And the crowd at Tuesday night's series opener didn't seem to be the same crowd we're used to seeing in these parts for this kind of series. There was a lot more orange among the announced 26,204 at Camden Yards for the Orioles' 7-1 win over the Red Sox than even during Boston's first trip here in May. The moment I took notice was when reliever Darren O'Day escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Cody Ross swinging and Ryan Lavarnway looking, prompting a loud standing ovation going into the seventh-inning stretch.
August 10, 2012
For many years my wife Fran and I were subscribers to the Baltimore Pops series at the Meyerhoff. We especially enjoyed the years during Marvin Hamlisch's tenure as principal pops conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Little did we know that he was also a big time baseball fan. My wife Fran, known throughout Camden Yards for many years as one of the Orioles' best fans, was delighted when we were invited to a Yankees-Oriole game at Yankee Stadium to see Mike Messina, after leaving Baltimore, pitch for the Yankees against the Orioles.
June 23, 2012
After some games, past midnight, sometimes at 1 a.m., Buck Showalter drives away from Camden Yards and surveys the people still lingering around the streets. The Orioles manager wants to take the pulse of the city. He wants to know what they're wearing, or more accurately, what color they're wearing. Is that orange? Is that an Orioles cap? After a night like Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals, with another sellout crowd at the ballpark, he can be content. “I [can]
October 25, 2011
A little more than nine years ago, I moved to Mount Vernon. It was great, although at first I'd occasionally want to go to Rite Aid --- the one in the island near State Center complex, at the north end of Martin Luther King Blvd. --- and drive around and around in circles and never find it. Other times, I would try to go home, take a wrong turn and find myself at the Rite Aid, which I knew was not going to help me navigate to my apartment. I nicknamed it the Bermuda Triangle.
September 29, 2011
NEW YORK - Fifty years later, Sal Durante admitted he was so short, he needed to stand on his seat to catch that ball - the one hit by Roger Maris, a man whose stature just keeps growing. There was only admiration Saturday at Yankee Stadium for the reluctant and possibly under-appreciated star whose 61st home run on Oct. 1, 1961, broke what had been the most revered record in sports. The Yankees brought back Maris' family. They brought back two sons of Mickey Mantle, who had been the people's choice in a two-way race to break Babe Ruth's venerated single-season home run mark.