Posts Tagged ‘Camden Yards’

Birdland Bars–sports bars in Baltimore: part I

April 29, 2010

Yes Baltimore, it is that time of the year.

The time of the year when our most hated rivals are in town. No, not the Pittsburgh Steelers. I can’t believe I will actually admit this, but there is a team, when they come to Baltimore, that brings more rivalry that the football team from Steel city.

The New York Yankees.

Why is this team worse? Simply because of all the fans of the Yankees everywhere.

This is BIRDland.

But yet, when you watch or go to the games and see the fans at Camden Yards, it is overwhelmingly Yankee fans.

How can we stop this from happening—this take-over of Baltimore’s baseball stadium?

Number one—GO TO THE GAMES!

I know, I know. The O’s are on a losing streak so why waste your time and money, right? WRONG. How can a team get better or even want to get better if they have no support?

Also, for all you fans out there who have already given up only a few weeks into the season, did you know that the Orioles beat the Yankees 5-4 on Tuesday April 26?

Because they did. Alfredo Simon had his first major league win when, at the top of the 9th, finished the game in favor of the O’s. (more…)


What you need to know about Camden Yards

April 13, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles may be a team that is breaking hearts across the city, but that warehouse and stadium are a fixture in fans hearts everywhere.

The O’s are now at a 1-6 start when they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays again last night 5-1.

But what is most disheartening about this losing record before May is the lack of attendence at the Yard.

Last night, about 9,000 people were there.

Nine thousand. It looked like fans went dressed as green seats.

There are still many great fans out there.

Many of them think that pitchers Mike Gonzalez and Kevin Millwood could become expendable if the O’s don’t start winning games. But tune in tonight for the second game against the Rays and hope they can turn it around.

Or better yet, why don’t you go to the game? First step: Eutaw Street.

Let’s go O’s! Again, check for future blog posts on other hot spots inside the stadium, and the best places to party before and after the game.

Remember; the O’s have 154 games to go. There is still time to turn it all around.

Orioles lose to Blue Jays during opening weekend at Camden Yards

April 12, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles were swept by the Toronto Blue Jays April 9, 10 and 11 2010 during their opening weekend at home at Camden Yards.

Did this come as a surprise to fans?

Many hoped for better, especially when the Friday, April 9 game was the second time the Orioles closing pitcher Mike Gonzalez failed to close the game in the 9th inning–leaving many disgruntled fans.

But the O’s are now 1-5 for the season.

Opening day at Camden Yards 2010

They are 1-5 in their division—and have yet to face big teams like the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees.

The first game of the year against the Tampa Bay Rays ended the same way as Friday’s.

The O’s were ahead going into the 9th inning only to lose to their opponents.  Their record with the Rays is 1-2.


Rafael Alvarez creates Baltimore’s Daily Camden Project

April 7, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles may have 12 losing seasons, but to hometown fans like Rafael Alvarez, there isn’t enough love for the team.

Alvarez, a Baltimore native, created the idea of the “Daily Camden Project” with Welcome to Baltimore, to promote the reasons why Camden Yards and the Orioles mean so much to Baltimore and the people who live there.

“I love baseball and I love Baltimore,” Alvarez said. “It seems Baltimoreans have a very strong affection for things that we do together as a city, most obvious would be the Ravens and Orioles. And this is a football town, there is no two ways about that. But my heart is still with the Orioles and baseball.”

Alvarez  was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun for 20 years and also contributed to The Wire, the HBO show about Baltimore. He grew up in this area, went to Mount Saint Joseph for high school and Loyola College; he married a local girl and they raised their children in this area.

Why stay in Baltimore? A quote from one of his books, Hometown Boy, says it best: “this is Baltimore and no one really leaves.”

That same attitude is one many Orioles fans also have. Being a fan of a team that has only let down the city for a dozen years is not easy. (more…)