“I can’t go all that time without a smoke,” he said almost-desperately as I relayed to him the information. Starting in March at all events held in Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, smoking is prohibited. No more designated smoking areas, banned completely inside the stadiums as well as 25 feet from the entrances outside the stadium. He is my uncle, in his mid-fifties, an Oriole fan for decades, a smoker for probably longer, and a common visitor to both Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards. “I won’t go,” he added.
This is Baltimore. A little snow will not stop Oriole fans from driving slowly and with their heads up their asses to the Baltimore Convention Center for 2012 Orioles Fanfest. Eighty degree spring weather is a different story, though.
Orioles Fanfest is a day of celebrating the players — new acquisitions, veteran stars, and retired fan favorites — as well as the organization, raising optimism for the upcoming season.
Jim Palmer is one of the fixtures of Orioles Fanfest for decades as both a player and a broadcaster, collecting 268 wins, 211 complete games, 2,212 strikeouts, three Cy Young Awards, and three World Series rings.
It’s easy to type his name. Right, Orioles? Especially after nearly 50 years, right?
Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones always tries to make the best of his time during the offseason. Whether it is touring Europe or interacting with fans on Twitter, the personable Jones keeps himself busy. This offseason has been a little tumultuous for Jones, hearing rumors of trades to the Atlanta Braves, making him unsure of his baseball future.
Since 1998, the Baltimore Orioles have been floundering in the depths of irrelevancy with a 987-1180 record with six games still left to be played in 2011.
Many things have lead to the downfall of this once storied franchise. You can blame it on Peter Angelos, young Jeffrey Maier, or every failed free agent signing in the last 14 years.
We all know the pitching has sucked in oh so many seasons, the hitters have struck out way to much and grounded into way too many double plays, and the defense has been, well, let’s not talk about it.
However, the failures of top prospects have been a constant for the Orioles. It’s an anomoly. How can a team with consistently high draft picks continue to push high-plus side talent up to the major league level only for them to stink it up?