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ORIOLE PARK @ CAMDEN YARDS

Oriole Park at Camden Yards - Exterior

The Exterior of Oriole Park

TEAM ::: BALTIMORE ORIOLES
LOCATION ::: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
MY FIRST GAME ::: SEPTEMBER 16, 1992
OPPONENT ::: KANSAS CITY ROYALS

The Oriole Bird - The Orioles Mascot

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: A
SCOREBOARD ::: A
FOOD ::: A+
FACILITIES ::: A-
MASCOT ::: A
MY MLB STADIUM RANK ::: 4 OF 40

Oriole Park @ Camden Yards from the 1st base

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

Oriole Park @ Camden Yards - Baltimore, Maryland

EVERY TIME I THINK THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH CAMDEN YARDS, I GO BACK I FIND THAT I WAS WRONG AND THEN I FIND MORE THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT THE PLACE.
UPON ARRIVING AT THE YARD, ALL YOU SEE IS THE WAREHOUSE, YOU CAN SEE THAT FROM I-95. BUT ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE WAREHOUSE THEY PUT A SIGN, A SIMPLE SIGN THAT SAYS: "WELCOME HOME". THEY PUT THIS RIGHT ON THE WAREHOUSE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE WELCOMED INTO THIS HUGE BRICK WAREHOUSE AND BALLPARK. IT IS WELCOMING YOU AND IT IS A GREAT FEELING. INSIDE BETWEEN THE WAREHOUSE AND THE STADIUM IS A COURTYARD AREA, THE GROUND IS MARKED WITH PLAQUES WHERE HOME RUN BALLS HAVE LANDED. THE WAREHOUSE IS ALSO MARKED WHERE BALLS HAVE HIT IT. JUST ONE OF THE MANY AREAS IN THIS PLACE THAT ARE JUST DONE RIGHT.

The view from behind Home Plate - Oriole Park

A RECENT SURPRISE WHEN ENTERING THE TURNSTILES HERE, THE TICKETS DO NOT GET RIPPED, THEY ARE SCANNED BY A BARCODE, A CLASSIC PARK WITH THE MOST MODERN TICKET SYSTEM AND I GUESS COUNTING SYSTEM TOO. THROUGH THE TURNSTILES AND INTO THE STADIUM, YOU SEE WALLS OF CONCESSION AND SOUVENIR STANDS. NOT ONLY IS THE FOOD VERY GOOD HERE, BUT THE LINES MOVE WITH AN EFFICIENCY I'VE NEVER SEEN. ALL TYPES OF DELI FOOD, GRILL, BARBEQUE, AND HOT DOGS ARE SERVED HERE. I UNDERSTAND THE CRAB CAKES ARE GREAT HERE AS WELL.

Eutaw St, in front of the Warehouse

Oriole Park from the 3rd base side

WHEN YOU MOVE UP THE RAMPS AND LOOK OUT ONTO THE FIELD, THE SIGHT IS BREATHTAKING. SURROUNDED BY A SEA OF DARK GREEN SEATS IS AN EMERALD GREEN PLAYING SURFACE, BEYOND THE RIGHT FIELD WALL, THE HUGE WAREHOUSE, WHICH SERVES A FUNCTION HERE. IT HOLDS THE LIGHT TOWER IN RIGHT SO THE WAREHOUSE WILL ALWAYS BE NEEDED FOR NIGHT GAMES, ASIDE FROM PROVIDING THE ORIOLES THEIR OFFICES. LOOKING OUT TO CENTER IS A THE BATTER'S EYE THAT EVERY YEAR GETS A LITTLE MORE IVY ON IT AND LESS PAINTED CONCRETE. BEYOND THE BATTER'S EYE IS THE CITY OF BALTIMORE. DOWN LEFT THE STADIUM SWINGS AROUND AND GIVES A GREAT VIEW FROM LEFT.

A view from Short left @ Camden Yards

EVERYTHING HERE IN BALTIMORE IS DONE RIGHT. FROM THE APPEARANCE OF THE STADIUM TO THE EFFICIENCY OF ALL STADIUM EMPLOYEES,  ENOUGH CANNOT BE SAID ABOUT ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES AT CAMDEN YARDS, THEY MAKE THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE ENJOYABLE.
AS FOR THE NON BASEBALL ASPECT OF THE PARK, THE RAMP LEADING INTO AND OUT OF THE PARK AREA MAKES FOR A STRESS FREE VISIT EVERY TIME. IF THERE IS A SLIGHT COMPLAINT ABOUT CAMDEN IT'S THAT SINCE THE RAVENS STADIUM WAS BUILT THE AVAILABILITY OF PARKING HAS LESSENED. THAT MEANS HEADING DOWN TO ONE OF THE INNER HARBOR HOTELS AND PAYING A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS TO PARK. IT'S THE KIND OF PLACE WHERE AN EXTRA DOLLAR HERE OR THERE WILL JUST TURN OUT TO BE WORTH IT.

Marks on Eutaw St where Home Runs have Landed

OF THE 28 MAJOR LEAGUE PARKS I'VE VISITED, I RATE CAMDEN YARDS FOURTH BEHIND AN AFTERNOON GAME AT WRIGLEY BUT AHEAD OF DODGER STADIUM. YOU DON'T HAVE THE HISTORY HERE YET BUT THAT DOES NOTHING FOR COMFORT AND THE TOTAL STRESS FREE VISIT TO THE BALL PARK. GET TO CAMDEN YARDS WHETHER THE ORIOLES ARE GOOD OR BAD, WHETHER THEY ARE PLAYING THE YANKEES OR THE TWINS. JUST REMEMBER TO YELL "O" DURING "THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER". YES, CAMDEN YARDS MAY NOT HAVE HISTORY, BUT BALTIMORE SURE DOES.

THE LINE UPS

Pre Game conference with the Umpires

KANSAS CITY ROYALS MANAGER :::
 11 HAL MCRAE

BALTIMORE ORIOLES MANAGER ::: 
26 JOHNNY OATES

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

8 Jim Eisenreich rf

16 Keith Miller 2b

5 George Brett dh

9 Gregg Jeffries 3b

12 Wally Joyner 1b

15 Mike McFarland c

40 Kevin Koslofski cf

19 Jeff Connine lf

13 David Howard ss

33 Chris Haney p / LP

Oriole Park @ Camden Yards

BALTIMORE ORIOLES

 

       9 Brady Anderson lf

11 Luis Mercedes rf

12 Mike Devereaux cf

37 Glenn Davis dh

8 Cal Ripken Jr. ss

39 Randy Milligan 1b

      23 Chris Hoiles c

10 Leo Gomez 3b

3 Bill Ripken 2b

35 Mike Mussina p / WP

Camden Yards Scoreboard

ROYALS 000 000 000 0 3 0
ORIOLES 000 002 01x 3 13 0

TIME ::: 2:30
ATTENDANCE ::: 44,050
WEATHER ::: 83, WARM

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