To avoid paying for parking we were planning on doing free street parking in Baltimore’s Little Italy, as it was Sunday. But, since it was so close to game time we decided to suck it up and park in the Ravens lot down the street. Traffic is always a cluster a half hour to game time and we again were stuck as we followed the line to park. Parking was only $10, which wasn’t bad for a 15-minute walk. As we approached the ticket office, a gentleman stopped us and asked if we wanted free tickets as he had extras from his group. We offered him money or a beer and he refused both offers and we thanked him no fewer than 20 times before entering the ballpark. Pretty awesome timing right?
Despite all of our worries that we would be late, we were early and grabbed Mark Trumbo giveaway shirts and headed over to the right field deck for the anthem. It was hard to not get distracted by the balls lining Eutaw St., but we told ourselves we would have time to check them out once the game was underway. The anthem was great and we stood along the railing to watch the first inning. The last place Rays did nothing and the Orioles rolled during their first at-bats. Chris Davis had a grand slam which continued my streak of seeing a home run in every game I attend. Even though I don’t like the Orioles at all, I decided to cheer for them because 1.) I was at their house and 2.) it’s probably good to keep the Rays down in last so the Yankees can be in front of someone. Fan-tastic logic.
After watching a few innings from the standing room in the right field deck, we decided to get food and check out our seats in the center field bleachers. Before making a quick pit stop at the concession stands we walked around Eutaw St. looking at all the bronze balls. It’s nice to see Ken Griffey Jr. is still the only one to hit the building… maybe they’ll put that on his Hall of Fame plaque. I opted for a crab dip hot dog while my friends went with Boog’s BBQ. Camden Yards is known for having local staples available and we all highly recommend them. We ate in our seats and watched a couple innings before opting to check out the rest of the stadium. Most of my coworkers hadn’t visited this ballpark and were curious to walk around. I’m a restless stadium-goer, so their desire to explore suited me!
Working on this tour has expanded my baseball history knowledge significantly and I was pleased to see I recognized names/numbers and could even put a few facts behind them as well. I may a bit biased about my Yankees, but there are a slew of great players that have made baseball what is it today. Learning about their contributions to the game and then being able to share them on a daily basis with fans around the country- I consider myself the luckiest gal on the face of the earth. 😉