The genesis of the Ballpark revolution began with OPACY’s debut in 1992. Twenty ballparks have been built since; only one offers a better experience. The restored B&O Warehouse and statue of Baltimore’s own Babe Ruth welcomes fans. It’s where my Ballpark Tour began in 2002.
The pitching match-up was top notch….if it took place in 2013. When the Tigers and Orioles took the field for the final game of their four game series both teams sent pitchers to the mound whose best days were in the rear-view mirror. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez peaked during his first full season in Detroit going 13-8 with an ERA+ of 162, finishing 4th in the American League Cy Young race. It was the first year of the 5 year $80MM contract Sanchez signed after being traded to the Tigers during the 2012 season. [Read more…]
Ballpark Nerd Rank: 2
Opened: 1992 Capacity: 45,971
- Field Box sections 16-18 & 56-58
- Terrace Box sections 19-53 first 8 rows overhang becomes obtrusive beginning in row 9
- Club Box sections 212-214 & 256-260
- Upper Box sections 316-356
June 29, 2002: Baltimore, Maryland
I will always have fond memories of Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the city of Baltimore. Not only was it the first trip in Mike’s and my Ballpark Tour, but it was also where I met someone very special.
June 2002: Mike and I were watching a Mets game and were discussing Shea Stadium, which at the time was the only place we had ever attended a baseball game together. To us, Shea Stadium was terrific; it was where we saw many memorable Mets wins, but at the same time we wondered what other ballparks had to offer. It was the time in our lives when we wanted to explore. Mike and I were two semesters away from getting jobs in the “real world” and wanted to enjoy one last summer as irresponsible kids. We decided on that night that we were going to visit all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks. We thought it would be a great way to show our independence and at the same time see parts of the country neither of us had ever visited before. So it was set! Mike and I would be traveling the United States and Canada in search of unique and memorable experiences. What better way to begin this journey than visiting what many call the best ballpark in Major League Baseball, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, located in the great city of Baltimore. [Read more…]