This past weekend my boyfriend and I took a trip to Baltimore, Maryland to visit Camden Yards. This was our 4th stadium that we visited together. Citi field, Yankees Stadium and Coors Field were the others. We plan on visiting all 30 MLB stadiums together.
We went on a tour for approximately 90 minutes and saw the many different food options including their signature crab cakes. We also passed by Boog’s BBQ restaurant. Our tour guide told us that Boog Powell, the Orioles former first basemen, appears in front of his restaurant every game signing autographs for fans.
Next we visited the suites and got to see an amazing view of the field. After that we saw the open press box behind home plate. That’s where writers sit with their laptops taking notes and writing up stories for the post game. Two laptops have been destroyed from foul balls. No injuries to any reporter have occurred according to our tour guide.
Unfortunately we were unable to go in the dugout and on the field because they had some sort of event on the field going on. ( I didn’t see any event)
Interesting facts I learned on the tour:
-Babe Ruth was born in Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland. He was a very troubled kid so his parents decided to have his grandparents raise him. His grandparents couldn’t handle him either so they sent him to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory where he learned life lessons and baseball skills. The owner of the Orioles at the time watched Ruth pitch on his high school baseball team and immediately wanted to sign him to play for their minor league team. The only problem was he was 19 years old and needed his parents consent to be released from St. Mary’s. The owner went to his parents to ask him to be released. Surprisingly they said no. The Orioles owner wanted him so badly he offered to become Ruth’s parental guardian. This is how the nickname “Babe” came into conversation. The players noticed the relationship Ruth had with the owner so they started referring to him as the owners baby. It was shortened to Babe.
-Baby Ruth candy Bar is not named after Babe Ruth. It was named after President Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth Cleveland.
-President William Howard Taft was sore from prolonged sitting at a game between the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics and stood up to stretch in the 7th inning. This caused the crowd to join their president in his gestures. This is how the 7th inning stretch was created.
The gates opened at 2:00pm (2 hours before game time). We watched batting practice and tried to catch BP home run balls. Gabriel Ynoa was in right field shagging fly balls and he caught one ball right at the warning track. He was so friendly with the fans. He must have gave a dozen balls to fans. I was one of them! Thanks Ynoa!
When the game started we went to our seats which was row 1 in section 80. The closest ball that came our way was hit off the bat by Renato Núñez. He crushed a solo shot to deep left field. The Orioles lost the game 8-1.
Pictures from the tour: