The Baltimore Orioles are experiencing their best season in 15 years. We had a fun, exciting evening at Oriole Park at Camden Yards that culminated in a 5-3 victory for the hometown team.
Watching from behind the left field wall, we had an opportunity to discuss some Baltimore Orioles history as well as explain some of the nuances of the game.
- We visited the sculpture garden featuring larger-than-life bronze sculptures of the greatest Orioles of all time: Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray are currently represented. Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson will be added on future dates. We had read about these same folks when we visited the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum during a previous experience.
- We learned about Jackie Robinson becoming the first African-American Major League baseball player because we noticed that his jersey number 42 is retired by all teams in baseball. This led to a discussion about discrimination and how we interact with folks who are different from us.
- We discussed nuances of the game such as how the infielders position themselves based on the batter at the plate and the art of base stealing.
And, of course, we loved celebrating the scoring of runs, dancing to “Y.M.C.A”. and, most of all, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”.
Time Spent: ~3 hours
Cost: About $100, including food and parking