Not sure how many years it had been since I had been to Baltimore, the Charm City. This was my fifth trip there.
Baltimore wails with sirens throughout much of the day, it is a pretty wild city to say the least. I take an adventure run in every city I visit, but in Baltimore I never stray far from the Inner Harbor area.
Camden Yards offers an early entry time for STH at 5:00 which is good, I caught up with Doug Hakey who kindly let me use one of his STH cards to get in each of the games I attended. Camden Yards also allows you access to the 3rd base side of the field, giving you an excellent chance to get toss ups from the visiting team. In my case, I didn’t have much competition from many Blue Jays fans. I did however catch up with Justin Schwartz of MGB for the first time, he is from Toronto.
Here are a few pics I took along the way:
One building reflected in another.
Play Like a Raven
Babe Ruth statue
It was a long, hot hour waiting for the gates to open.
When I entered into LF, the Orioles were finishing up their batting practice.
I found Ball #1 and Ball #2 in the LF seating area.
When the Blue Jays were done throwing I got the attention of Edwin Jackson, a tosser of a no hitter for Ball #3. Edwin Jackson threw a no hitter at Tropicana field as a Diamondback, a 1-0 win where Edwin threw a total of 149 pitches. He allowed 8 walks in this game. The Blue Jays recently designated Edwin for assignment, an MLB record 14th club he pitched for. I have a toss up from Edwin as a CHW, CHC, and as of this day a Blue Jay.
After this I went down to where the position players were throwing and got Teoscar Hernandez to throw me a long one over the netting above the dugout. Ball #4.
I was able to find another baseball in LF that nobody had came across for Ball #5 and caught a homer in LF from an unidentified Blue Jay for Ball #6, the final ball of the day.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr was a disappointment at Bp, I played him out in CF and nothing came my way, he hit a few to a crowded LF.
Camden Yards has always been a good place for found baseballs if you are early and ready to get in when the gates open.
This one was no different from the prior game, I came up with three baseballs sitting in LF for Ball #1-3 and came up with a Baltimore Oriole HR that was easy to track in the empty seats for Ball #4 early on.
Over in Foul territory was another Easter Egg for Ball #5.
At the end of the Blue Jays warm up session I got Eric Sogard’s attention who tossed up his warm up baseball for Ball #6.
The Blue Jays didn’t put on much of a show during their portion of bp for the second straight day, I again played Vladimir Guerrero Jr and the other right handed hitters in the lesser crowded CF. I came away with no hit baseballs but got the attention of both Teoscar Hernandez and Marcus Stroman for Ball #7-8. I gave away the last one to a kid that I noticed did not get any baseballs.
View of Camden Yards from behind home plate.
2 game total-14
Life time total-3608