Our visit to Baltimore’s beautiful ballpark marked the seventh stop on our trip and the second of eight consecutive games to finish our trip. Oriole Park at Camden Yards was the trend setter for all the new downtown stadiums that have popped up in the majors in the last couple decades. After visiting, we can see why the idea caught on in other baseball cities.
Just a few blocks from the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, the stadium sits among the downtown buildings right next to the large B & O warehouse. This large brick building serves as the backdrop behind the right field fence and concourse and also houses the Orioles offices. We entered in the center field gate and made our way down Eutaw Street, a wide concourse that runs between the warehouse and the right field seats.
We hit up the famous Boog’s BBQ in right field – we had the pork and beef sandwich platters which were pretty reasonably priced and tasted great. They were even better once we found the BBQ sauce. As we did many times throughout our trip, we shared a picnic table with other fans enjoying their dinner before the game. We had some fun conversations over dinner with other random fans (more to come on this in our write up of the Mets game).
For the second night in a row, we scored front row seats. This time we were in the front row in the right field seats. The Orioles were playing the Mariners so we had a front row view of Ichiro and all of his stretching. It is no coincidence that we were surrounded by many Asian fans and Ichiro even turned around a few times to all the chants of “Ichiro” coming from our section. There were no home runs hit in our direction but a ball was hit about 10 feet to our left that caromed off the out-of-town scoreboard.
We had to make our exit in the top of the 8th inning to get on the road – we had a 5 hour drive to NY ahead of us so we had planned to leave at 9 pm before the game even started. Camden Yards is a great place to catch a game and it is very high on our list of stadiums to revisit in the future.
Up next are the new parks in the Big Apple. Here are the photos from Baltimore…