Oriole Park at Camden Yards on the day Adam Jones Makes Baseball History
Bernadette A. Moyer
Game time was 1:35 on Sunday afternoon May 27th and it was the final game of this series between the Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles. The park was busy with over 33,000 in attendance and it was a giveaway day. Tee shirts were distributed to the first 10,000 attendees. My husband a true O’s fan made sure we got there in plenty of time. The shirts are nice and designed to celebrate Memorial Day 2012.
It was a hot and sticky Baltimore day with temperatures above 90 degrees and much more like Baltimore in the month of July. The hot weather didn’t stop the fans from coming. The first celebration was for little league baseball players. They paraded around the infield. At game time the attention turned to honoring our Veterans. It was sobering and brought a tear to my eye as we watched both professional baseball players and our service men and women comment on what Memorial Day means to them.
This was a big day for Baltimore as they made baseball history by signing Adam Jones to a 6-year, $85.5 million dollar contract. The Orioles have not been contenders since the mid to late 1990’s but this year there seems to be brand new energy. Currently they have one of the best records in major league baseball as they are tied with Tampa Bay for first place. This is so refreshing and welcoming for Baltimore fans who love their O’s. They are loyal.
You can barely get down the streets in Baltimore without seeing the brand new signs stating, 20 Years – Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It is a big year for this team and this park. It has been said that Oriole Park at Camden Yards was the stadium that forever changed baseball. All stadiums have updated their parks most followed what was state of the art in design and planning for Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
What strikes me is the energy and the waffling smells of Boog’s barbecue, sausage, hot dogs, pizza, crab cakes and of course cold beer. Gino’s has made a comeback in Baltimore and they have a prominent place on Eutaw Street that was packed on this Sunday. Retail shops were flooded with people too. My husband kept saying, “This is what happens when you field a winning team, terrific fan support.”
This park opened in April of 1992 and will always hold a special place in my heart. This was the very first date my husband ever took me on. It was a date when we stopped watching the game, found a quiet place to chat and shared our life story. This park was so new, just like our relationship was to each other. He couldn’t wait to share his tickets and his excitement over the brand new stadium. Brian carried his season ticket plan over from the old Memorial stadium. He was in his element and sharing with me all that he knew about the Baltimore Orioles and making sure we toured it all. That was a great game and not one I will ever forget.
Just like today, over 20 years later I won’t forget how wonderful Oriole Park at Camden yards still is and how well it has been maintained. I won’t forget that Adam Jones just signed a history making contract or that this team was gaining momentum again with its winning record and large crowd after so many disappointing seasons.
Everyone knows major league baseball is a long season, still we can't help but be excited about our O's and their current standing.
The Orioles lost today with a final score of 4 to 2 but for this fan and her beloved husband a true Baltimorean and his home team, the Baltimore Orioles, they will always be winners!