Tour- Orioles Park at Camden Yards
Left Bridgeport, CT early in the morning and a few hours later arrived at this amazing ballpark. I learned quickly that a baseball stadium tour is a great way to start off a weekend/road trip.
The tour started and ended out on Eutaw Street and we made our way to the bullpens, press box, club level/private suites, control room, and the dugout/field.
Above the bullpens in the standing room only/walking area, stand 6 bronze sculptures of Oriole greats whose uniform numbers have been retired by the team.
- Earl Weaver #4
- Brooks Robinson #5
- Cal Ripken Jr. #8
- Frank Robinson #20
- Jim Palmer #22
- Eddie Murray #33
*The way his career has gone, one would think a Manny Machado bronze sculpture is in the works….but that’s on standstill until the 2019 off-season. (Free Agent)
We then walked into the ballpark and up towards the press area, club level, and control room.
The club level is themed to be like a hotel, and it’s spot on. It has an old, yet modern feel depending on what section you’re in, and the same color and wood is used on the walls and panels throughout.
The original locker of Brooks Robinson stands in the club level as well with Orioles game worn and signed memorabilia by former players. As you walk into the main lobby, the set up is equivalent to a hotel lobby surrounded by 2 of 3 original World Series (’66, ’70, ’83) Championship trophies.The first World Series won in 1966 did not receive a WS trophy. The reason for this is because MLB didn’t start rewarding the champion a trophy until the year after in 1967. Also in the lobby (shown below) hang the MVP and CY Young Awards won by Oriole players.
The control room was by far the chilliest room in the stadium as the AC was blasting to cool the graphics computers, music center, and replay monitors.
The press box was a large open area with a clear, beautiful view of the stadium. One issue…when it’s summer time, there are no windows to be closed and no AC. It’s just an open space where the writers and PA announcer sit. The radio broadcasters are in rooms a level above.
Down to the field and dugout we went to wrap things up for the tour. As you can see in the pictures every seat int he stadium is green…for the most part. However, there are 2 orange seats. One in left field, the other in right.
-In 1993 Cal Ripken Jr. hit a homer to Section 86, Row FF, Seat 10. The seat is currently marked orange because that blast marked Cal as having the most home runs ever by a shortstop. This broke the record that was set by Chicago Cubs shortstop, Ernie Banks.
-Exactly one year after Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games streak, Eddie Murray smacked his 500th career homerun to Section 96, Row 7, Seat 23.
*It’s noted that if you go to a baseball stadium and pass a foul pole, you touch it. When teams switch ballparks it’s also good luck to bring an original piece of your stadium into the new ballpark. That’s what the Orioles did with the right field foul pole which has followed them since the days at Memorial Stadium.
The history of Eutaw Street can be talked about for days so I’ll sum it up for you.
The original B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) Warehouse stands tall out in right field blocking the fans view of the Inner Harbor as it is the longest building on the East Coast. When constructing Camden Yards, there was much thought that the building would be hit consistently by home run balls and the weather/wind experts agreed.
There has been 1 ball that has hit the warehouse (Wind tunnel on Eutaw Street prevents the ball from traveling a further distance,thus knocking them down before the warehouse) and it didn’t take place during a regular game. It occurred in the 1993 Home Run Derby. The spot is marked on the warehouse with small bronze baseball that reads the man who hit the ball… Ken Griffey Jr.
You can look down all over Eutaw Street in right field and see the 60 or so bronze baseballs that read the names of players who have graciously marked their power hitting ability. Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Jim Thome, Rafael Palmeiro just to name a few.
With it being the 25th anniversary of Orioles Park at Camden Yards, this pin capped off the tour. Thanks for the read!