"Mid-Atlantic Sports Network broadcaster Jim Hunter introduces fans to the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame Ceremony Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards."
"Former Baltimore Orioles Boog Powell and Al Bumbry high five after being introduced at the Orioles Hall of Fame Ceremony Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards."
"Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan presents head athletic trainer Richie Bancells with a green jacket Saturday, August 13, 2011, signifying his induction into the Orioles Hall of Fame."
"Baltimore Orioles assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel presents former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick with a green jacket Saturday, August 13, 2011, signifying his induction into the Orioles Hall of Fame."
The Orioles held their annual team Hall of Fame ceremony at Camden Yards last Saturday. The moments leading up to the ceremony were hectic, as rain jeapordized the scheduled start time.
So as I stood in the rain behind home plate, I shot the series of speakers with a towel on my head. The ceremony is always very boring, but it’s neat to see so many Oriole greats in the same place at the same time.
This particular ceremony also had a connection to my own baseball playing days. I’ll never forget the day Mike Bordick visited and spoke with my little league travel team years ago. Al Bumbry, my former high school baseball coach, was also on hand. It’s nice that they’re both still around the stadium.
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The Baltimore Orioles hosted the 2010 Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (PLAY) Campaign event on Tuesday. Orioles Head Athletic Trainer, Richie Bancells, and Orioles Pitcher, Brian Matusz, ran a fitness clinic for local kids, and talked to them about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Besides what’s in this video, I don’t have many thoughts about the event itself. My thoughts were elsewhere.
Although I’ve covered the Orioles nearly every week this summer, I hadn’t been down on the field since Opening Day. I was thrilled to be back on grassy turf, sweating it out on a 90-plus degree day in the middle of a record-setting Baltimore heat wave.
I always find working on the field of Oriole Park at Camden Yards to be extremely soothing. The symmetry, clean lines, and vast openness of the park are an escape from the chaos that fills the rest of the city. I took a few moments to meditate on the warning track in right field.
After being out there, I’ve found myself reminiscing on all the great memories from my time with the O’s.