I went to my first Orioles game of the season yesterday. It was an opportunity to help out a fellow blogger, Anna von Schurman, who has an extensive list of things she wishes to accomplish. So this Brave Astronaut got tickets for me and Mrs. Brave Astronaut and Anna and the Dude for a game at Camden Yards (number 19 on her list).
We started off our day with a visit to see OSG and Mrs. OSG, who brought LSG into this world on Thursday. My goodness, what a cute baby! From there, we traveled to Baltimore to meet Anna and the Dude. Once there, I left two extra tickets at Will Call for a nice girl who bought them from me on eBay (Thanks sparklineyes!) and then the four of us took the Water Taxi over to Fells Point for a great dinner at Bertha's Mussels.
We took the water taxi back and settled into our seats in left field. These seats are a favorite of mine and we were in the second row and had two home run balls land near us. The game was mostly White Sox until the ninth inning, when the Birds managed to tie it up on a few gritty singles and a wild pitch. Off to "Free Baseball!" In the bottom of the tenth, the O's managed to pull it out with a few more singles and won the game 7-6.
I will return to the Yard in two weeks to see the Yankees take on the Orioles. An interesting trivia note - a capacity crowd at Camden Yards is just over 48,000 people. When the Yankees come to town, the Birds have set attendance records in Camden Yards, putting more than 50,000 people there, including those standing out on the Flag Court. "It's 'cause the other teams can't stop staring at those damn pinstripes."