Friday, March 30, 2018

And it is a Win!

Chris Celebrating the Return of Baseball
What a day it was and what a game it was. The weather was perfect! It was warm and it did not rain, or snow.

The crowds around the park before the game were crushing! Seriously. All of the usual watering holes were filled to overflowing. Orioles fans were out in force and the color of the day was orange.
Opening Day 2018 Ceremonies
Camden Yards
March 29, 2018

Opening Day 2018 and the Orioles had to make it exciting by winning in dramatic fashion.

The crowd, in excess of 45,000, was treated to a pitching duel by both teams' starting pitchers. All of the runs scored in the game were off the relievers. 

Opening Day 2018 Ceremonies
Camden Yards
March 29, 2018
The Orioles started the season with a double off the bat of Manny Machado and ended the game with a home run from the team's captain, Adam Jones, to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning. Final score 3-2 Orioles.

The crowd stayed with the game, but when runs started to be scored, the entire stadium rocked. It was crushing to have to watch the weak fly ball drop in for two runs with two outs in the ninth to tie the game, but I was able to watch the winning home run as it flew from bat into the stands. There was no question once I heard the crack and saw the trajectory.

I love Opening Day. The magic seems to happen. For one day I can say that the Orioles are atop the American League East! Yes it is only one game and they are tied with the Yankees and the Rays--but at least for one day, they are in first.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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