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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Nolan Reimold, 2011 Topps Orioles Team Set #BAL6
I promised photos from Ed Smith Stadium, so here goes!
The lineups for Friday's game against the Rays. I may have snickered when I saw former Oriole infielder Alexi Casilla starting at third base for Tampa Bay.
The view from section 215. Game time temperature was announced as 78 degrees. They also announced that it was 46 in Baltimore. The joke was on us, though; torrential rains washed out our game in the fourth inning. At least the O's had rallied to take a 4-3 lead on a Nolan Reimold solo home run and a three-run shot by Adam Jones. None of it mattered in the end, but I guess it was a moral victory.
This sign was posted in the men's room, and it tickled me. It gives the impression of a birdie bidet.
This lovely centerpiece hangs over the main entrance to Ed Smith Stadium, consisting of a ring of baseball bats draped with all of the team's championship and postseason banners.
My first glimpse of the 2014 AL East Champs banner, which was placed in the center of the ring!
This orange-and-black bike, complete with team-colored flamingo, was parked outside of the entrance to the park.
Fast-forwarding to Sunday afternoon's split-squad game against the Twins. We parked on a different lot, so we entered from the left field pavilion. The marquee features three flags, presumably for the Orioles' three World Series wins. This sign featured mileage markers from Sarasota to Baltimore and to each of the team's minor league affiliates; a similar sign is posted on Eutaw Street at Camden Yards.
Siblings pretending we like each other!
My wife (on the right) made it into this picture. We had a great time, even though the Birds lost 6-5. Three more O's homers from Travis Snider, Jones again, and minor leaguer Mike Yastrzemski (yes, he's Carl's grandson) at least gave us something to cheer about. The fatal blow was a two-run homer allowed by 2014 draft pick David Hess, so at least you can't pin it on somebody who figures in the team's plans for this season.
Just to close things out, here's a lovely dusk snapshot taken from Siesta Key, voted the best beach in the country last year! As you can imagine, it was hard to come back to Baltimore, where I had to scrape frost off of my windshield this morning before work.
I can remember playing with baseball cards as a toddler, but I actually started collecting them when I was ten. Now I'm an adult looking for an outlet to talk about my hobby without receiving blank stares in return. You can contact me thusly.