Let me start off from the moment I waited in line at the gates. This was my first game of 2015 and my first time going through metal detectors at an MLB ballpark. On the other hand, security was laid back in Birdland and passing through the metal detectors were nothing.
Since it was Hawaiian Shirt Day, I was able to get a Hawaiian Shirt and I made my way to my seat down the right field line.
On the warning track down the right field line, I saw this batting helmet lying down next to a security guard:
There was a pregame ceremony which honored the four Orioles All Stars: Zach Britton, Darren O’ Day, Manny Machado, and Adam Jones (I heard that Orioles owner Peter Angelos booked the four of them a private jet to Cincinnati).
Anyways, I was cheering (in sarcasm) about the Nationals’ washed up veterans in the starting lineup (Dan Uggla, Clint Robinson, Tyler Moore), and was caught off guard with the “O!!!!!!” during the National Anthem (This was also my first game at Camden Yards).
NL All Star Starter Bryce Harper was greeted with boos when he came up in the 1st inning. Washington left two runners in scoring position stranded that inning. In the home half of the 1st, Adam Jones homered to put the O’s on the board.
The Nationals struck back and put three runs on the board to take a 3-1 lead in the 4th.
I also heard that former Oriole Boog Powell was signing autographs at Boog’s BBQ during the game. For lunch, I ate a hot dog with grilled onions.
In the 9th inning, Max Scherzer was looking at a complete game until Adam Jones hit his second homer of the game to make it 3-2. Scherzer came out, Drew Storen came in, and Chris Davis struck out to end the game.
Final Score: Nats win 3-2.
For the record, I picked Adam Jones for that day’s Beat the Streak. He hit two homers that day, so my streak increased by one. I also thought I picked Chris Davis too (he was 0 for 3 that day), but I didn’t. See you in another decade, Camden Yards.
Now, it’s time to break some news. Yesterday, legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully announced he would return for his 67th year of Dodger baseball. However, he announced his retirement from broadcasting effective after the 2016 season. So sad. Especially when Vin Scully was one of the best broadcasters that ever lived. All I can say now is, “Have a career, Vin Scully.”
In other news, I attended a book signing by former Yankee outfielder Joe Pepitone yesterday. More to come tomorrow.