First post of the year and it's September already. You'd think I've been asleep like Rip Van Winkle!
This year, I've been watching more baseball on TV. Several reasons have contributed to this: the pitch clock, Orioles being really good, and friends who watch the Birds religiously.
In my opinion, the pitch clock might be the main reason why MLB will become more popular and attract new fans. I've watched plenty of MLB games on TV and this season's viewings have been a better experience. I've also been to many Nationals games over the years but this O's game was different for sure.
Gone are the days of the typically long 3 to 3.5 hour baseball games. It still might happen occasionally but 2.5 hours is the new norm. The action is back and the eyeballs stay glued to the pitcher's mound.
In the 15 years I've been in the DC metro area, I'd never made it to an O's game. It was time to change that. I met my friends in Baltimore City proper after work and by 6pm we were at Pickles Pub. The place has been around for 35 years. A cold beer on a pleasant August evening is all one can ask for before the battle of the birds. The Blue Jays were in town.
After the beers, we headed inside the Oriole Park. I got a proper tour and another cold beer while the game was delayed a bit due to the "inclement weather." In reality, there was one rain shower that lasted 10 minutes. Rest of the evening turned out perfect.
I got to walk down Eutaw Street. There was the bronze statue of Babe Ruth and all the home run plaques including Ken Griffey Jr.'s (465 feet) on the warehouse from the 1993 home run derby. O's newest fan pictured below.
We got pretty lucky with our seats. They were 14 rows above the home plate and cost under $75 thanks to one of the ticket resale websites.
I was looking forward to seeing Kremer pitch but he was moved up a day, so we got to see Gibson on the mound. I'm a fan of Mullins and Bautista and they both had good games. Mullins pictured below battling the Puerto Rican pitcher, Berrios.
The Blue Jays went up 2-0 in the 4th inning. In the bottom of the 4th, Santander hit a two-run home run to tie it up. In the 5th, Mullins came through with a two-run homer for the O's. Henderson drove in another run and the O's were up 5-2. In the 6th, the Blue Jays smacked one out of the park to make it 5-3. Bautista came in bottom of the 9th to relieve Gibson who went 8 and did well. The Mountain struck out the last 3 Blue Jays and the Orioles won again!
As I said at the beginning, baseball is changing. The happy fans left Camden Yards 2 hours and 15 minutes after the first pitch. Looking forward to the playoffs and O's making a deep run like the Nats did in 2019!