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Baseball and 9/11: Day Three, Charm City in One Day, Part Two…Back To The Yards 9/12

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Why Not? The Orioles theme of 1989, one year removed from their 54-108 season, the Orioles would find themselves in the thick of the AL East race until Game 161, when the Blue Jays would clinch. 1989 would be the year the Blue Jays would open what was then known as SkyDome, MLB’s first retractable roof stadium and a marvel at the time. 3 years later Oriole Park at Camden Yards would open and the Jays one-time marvel would quickly be dated…

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Railroad workers attempt to burn down the Camden Depot during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877This is from the Howard Street side. Photo taken at the B&O Railroad Museum…

20190912_173342Looking at it’s restored glory from the Pratt Street side…

20190912_173353Outside the Eutaw Street entrance. You can see the Camden Depot next to the B&O Warehouse…

How ’bout a side by side comparison of what the mapped area looked like Past and Present day ?

 

 

 

 

 

Dodgers vs. Orioles, 9/12/2019

20190912_173816Young (And Slimmer) Babe…Babe’s Dream

 

 

 

 

 

20190912_173957Even his childhood presence is ever so imposing…

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By The Numbers…

 

 

 

 

 

Cal Ripken, Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray…

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In spite Cal Ripken having played 20 plus seasons, I never saw him play live. One of my ballpark regrets over the years…

 

 

 

 

 

L.A. native Eddie Murray would have a couple of brief stints in Dodger Blue. He would hit his 500th career home run at Camden Yards. An orange seat in the Eutaw Street bleachers marks the spot of Home Run 500…

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20190912_184900Of course Blue Dog has to make his presence felt…Boog’s BBQ is right behind. Time for some pregame eats from the man himself…

20190912_180330But first a pic (Though not of the best quality) with the man himself, Boog Powell…

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There’s actually a lot of beef under those onions I added. Not a bad sized sammie for the cost. Being in Maryland, the chips of course come with Old Bay seasoning. I’ve been told be some that the locals put Old Bay on ice cream as well…

20190912_185002My ticket stub signed by Boog Powell

With ample time still to kill before the first pitch I decided to take another stroll along the Eutaw Street concourse along the warehouse. As mentioned in my Day 1 post, along the concourse are plaques marking the spots where home runs, both Orioles and visitors have landed over the years. Two Dodgers have accomplished this Camden Yards feat in their brief visits interleague visits…

20190910_213057Shawn Green

20190912_183020 (1)Andre Ethier

Of course it would be our left handed hitters that you’d expect. 

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Meet Walt. This is the man who marks the spots on Eutaw Street where home runs land. Each off-season new plaques are placed on the landing spots of Eutaw Street home runs. With the Eutaw Street promenade behind right field, it’s no surprise over the years all Eutaw Street 4-baggers have all been hit from the left side of the plate…

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20190912_183238(0) (1)Not an easy feat Blue Dog !

With the wrought iron gate in front of Dre’s shot opened during the game I can see how his shot wouldn’t have to dodge obstacles. As for Shawn Green’s shot…

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A little bit tougher for Shawn’s shot to land on the fly. Walt would explain to me the various possibilities like the flight of the ball’s backspin or certain wind patterns from the nearby inner harbor and B&O Warehouse playing with the wind’s pattern…

 

 

 

It’s almost game time and I’m back for the my 2nd of the 3 games at OPACY. Oriole Park was the first big league park i’d visit east of Arizona back in September ’03. Now in it’s 28th season, the yard that started the retro craze has now completed it’s 28th season. Though parts of the yard have showed it’s age, it’s still a beauty nonetheless, anchored of course by the B&O Warehouse behind right field…

 

 

 

Hey! Greg Brady throwing out the first pitch !!!

And now to take part in an Oriole tradition…”O” Say does that Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave…

With The Blue having clinched the NL West 2 nights prior I decided to spend the majority of the evening strolling the yard. I try to make it a custom to take in two games when visiting another yard as to see it’s different vantage points. Though I already paid Camden Yards a visit 16 years ago, I wanted to see if there we’re any major significant enhancements, none that I could notice with exception of these statues behind the batters backdrop…

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Perhaps someday, Jackie Robinson will have more company at Dodger Stadium. But hey, Sandy Koufax will be joining him in his new center field spot next year !

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The view from the upper reaches of the left field corner with the warehouse providing the perfect frame. If you look at the scoreboard and see an ad for The Sun, the local newspaper, for judgement plays, the “H” or “E” will flash while the other lights briefly go out. This is a nod to the old Schaefer Beer ad in Ebbets Field. 

20190912_202811Got the upper reaches all to myself…I feel like yelling “HE MISSED THE TAG !!!”

20190912_203036Hey there Blue Dog! Care to take part in the Dance Cam?

20190912_203011Why don’t you join me up in the Uecker seats?

20190912_205752Why Not? The theme of the 1989 Baltimore Orioles after their 54-108 season in 1988 that saw them start the season 0-21. Though not as cheesy as the Super Bowl Shuffle, Let’s Go Mets, or dare I say it, The Baseball Bunch video by The Blue in 1986, here was the Orioles video for 1989…(Hey, it was the 80s folks !!!)

20190912_210222The Orioles may be struggling these days, but they’ve had their share of glory…

20190912_210121A Blast From The Past…

20190912_213817The bird linked to the ’89 Why Not team…

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The Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame by the Eutaw Street entrance. Oriole HOF’ers over the years…

On this night, the Dodgers would win in a most unusual way with the winning runs scoring while Russel Martin would strike out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and 2 outs… 

So the Dodgers would take both games I took in. Oriole Park, opened in 1992 has certainly aged well. When put in the context of many of today’s yards, though only completed 28 seasons, Camden Yards has stood up well and should be around for many more years to come. Once the O’s can get back to winning, the atmosphere around Camden Yards should once again be magical. 

Recapping Day 3 of Drei’s Day in Charm City

  • The B&O Railway Museum
  • The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
  • Dodgers vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

All within a few blocks of each other. Before we leave the yard…

20190912_222931Gotta give Blue Fleece ’12 some air time. This is the furthest Blue Fleece ’12 has traveled…

20190912_224153Postgame with Blue Fleece ’12 out on the Eutaw Street Promenade…

20190912_224458Blue Dog and I sure had a lot of fun in Charm City !!! Time to head over to Pickle’s for some late night eats…

 

 

 

The burger and “P” shaped pretzel with Old Bay Crab dip. They sure love their Old Bay and Crab Dip here in Maryland…

 

 

 

Brooks Robinson with his Gold Glove across from Pickles Pub and the yard…

Time to say goodnight and goodbye to Oriole Park and Camden Yards. It was quite a week here in the eastern seaboard as I took in 2 of the 3 9/11 sights during the week of 9/11, caught 2 Dodgers/Orioles games and a Mets game and a couple of museums. Though we couldn’t fulfill both Mets and Orioles fans wishes of us beating the Yankees in World Series, it was still a great time. It’s been a while since Drei hit up the East Coast. Where will Drei’s next adventure be? Stay tuned…’Til the Next Episode…

 

 

 

 

Baseball and 9/11: Day Three, Charm City in One Day, Part One…The Rails and The Babe

Baltimore MD. Also known as Charm City. When I venture into another city, thanks to one of the greatest inventions, the camera phone with endless memory (You can tell i’m not the greatest expert…), one thing I enjoy is getting a feel for the city I’m visiting, taking various pictures of just  about  anything that reflects that particular city. The best part is I know I’m not running out of film. As for battery life, well…

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One thing I noticed during my stay in Charm City was the housing throughout the neighborhoods, old school brick right next to each other. I’m going to assume when these units we’re built the choice of brick was atop the list due to the harsh winter climates.

Another thing I like to do is capture a mural as well. Here’s one from a playground across the street from the museum I will be visiting…20190912_131413

 

 

The mural above honoring the neighborhood’s Irish history is one of a few historical points of interest in the neighborhood20190912_131452

The museum I would end up visiting was the B&O Railroad Museum. (The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is open Friday’s and Saturday’s). One of my non-sports fascinations is trains, especially classic trains. Being that the yard I’ll be visiting for the second time in three days is known for having a restored building that once was a focal point of the old B&O rail, it’s only appropriate I pay a visit to the B&O Railroad Museum. 

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Can you imagine commuter rail and Amtrak employees carrying one of those classics…

 

If you look at marker number 1 that’s where the B&O building that frames Camden Yards is located. You can see how many city blocks we’re cleared to make room for Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Click here to view more before and after pictures of the area around Camden Yards…

 

An old rustic caboose on a track leading into the roundhouse….

 

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Playin’ on the tracks with Blue Dog. I never did pay attention as a kid when I was told to never play on the tracks…

 

 

Gotta support the locals…

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Hey Blue Dog ! I thought I told you to stay off the tracks !!!

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After spending a good couple plus hours taking in the sights of vintage trains and other vintage rail antiques dating back to the Civil War days, what next, watch 45 cruise through Charm City or pay The Babe a visit? Is that worth answering?

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Whether you’re a fan of that Evil Empire from The Bronx or not any baseball fan passing through The Bambino’s hometown should make it a point to stop by The Babe’s birthplace, The Babe Ruth Birthplace and MuseumLocated about a 15 minute walk from Camden Yards, don’t expect to spend more than an hour at The Bambino’s childhood birthplace. But do take your time in soaking in the history inside Babe’s home and it’s glory…

 

 

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For all his glory he only won one more World Series title with the Yankees after winning three in Boston. However, we all know the story of 1918…

 

Babe’s kimono as he and other MLB All-Stars would tour Japan during the off-season. Looking at the size of that kimono you’d think he’d be a sumo wrestler…

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Right behind me, the Babe’s childhood neighborhood…Let’s take a look at some more local artwork before we walk on over to the yard…

20190912_163706Baltimore. Home of The Birds…

So the first part of Day Three In Charm City gives us a historic tour of the rails connection to Baltimore’s baseball history and a stroll through The Babe’s childhood neighborhood. Time to head back toward Camden Yards for my second game of the three game series…

Next up: Part Two…Back To The Yards

 

 

 

 

Baseball and 9/11: Day One, 9/10/2019. The Pentagon and A Division Clincher

Prior to this season, I made it a personal goal to catch a Dodger game in each N.L. West venue. But not having had a chance to travel beyond Arizona in quite some time only whetted my appetite to journey toward the east. 

With the Dodgers being in Baltimore and New York City being a short train ride away, I decided to journey toward Charm City to catch a couple of games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. 

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I would take the red-eye from L.A. to Baltimore, leaving a little past 1 AM on Tuesday, September 10th. After arriving to Charm City and dropping my stuff off at the hotel, I would take the local MARC commuter train south to DC en route to The Pentagon to check out the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. 

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The benches outside The Pentagon each represent the 184 lives that we’re lost on the morning of September 11, 2001. Every day, the flow of water in the pool beneath the benches stops for one minute at exactly 9:37 AM, the time of the crash of American Airlines Flight 77. 

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Along the perimeter of the memorial is a wall that has a marker with the year of birth for each victim. 3 year old Dana Falkenberg would be the youngest casualty of AA Flight 77

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20190910_154452For perspective this picture would be taken facing the direction of AA Flight 77

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Off To The Yard…

20190910_180214Another yard down for Blue…

The commute from DC to Baltimore would be a smooth one as I would take the MARC’s Camden Line, dropping me off right by the yard. It’s only appropriate my train would drop me off by the yard, with it’s signature feature being the old B&O Warehouse

2 Baltimore Legends…Cal and The Babe, a Baltimore Native…

Home Run markers along the Eutaw Street promenade including Brady Anderson’s tape measure shot…

20190910_181732Tonight’s ballpark bites…Crabcake Sandwich with Old Bay seasoned chips…

20190910_193355 - CopyView from our Eutaw Street Bleacher seats…

With the magic number to clinch a 7th straight NL West title, the blue clad fans in attendance would sense a magical evening, lead off with a 3 run blast by Corey Seager in the visitors first. 

It would also be a magical night for Dodgers rookie 2nd baseman Gavin Lux, who would smash his first big league round-tripper…

Lux’s first big league blast would fall in the glove of a Dodger fan in the aisle next to me…

20190910_203415 - CopyThe fan would end up getting an autographed bat and two autographed baseballs…

Screenshot_20190917-091207_YouTubeGotta love that winning feeling…

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4 innings away from clinching the west, I decide to take a stroll throughout the park. Before I do, how ’bout a pic with the warehouse behind me…20190910_212556I’ve always wondered how one can enter the warehouse…

 

Strolling along Eutaw Street. That’s quite a moon out tonight. Blue Dog is enjoying the stroll, where we’d see this classic 1950 Chevy with Boog’s BBQ logo attached…

20190910_205837Big night for Corey. Corey’s having a big month of September…

As we approach the home 9th, up 4 runs and seats by the Dodger dugout being plentiful in large part to the O’s struggles, I take advantage of the opportunity to capture the moment…

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A subdued celebration, business as usual. 7 division titles will do that. Because, well, it’s that BIG PRIZE IN OCTOBER that we’re all coveting. But hey, it’s quite a feat nonetheless…

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Well wishes from Baltimore. Hey, 233 dogs showed up for the NL West clincher !!! This would be the first time the Dodgers would clinch a division in an American League yard…

This has to be the closest i’ve been to seeing a division clincher…

Alanna Rizzo with Dave Roberts and Gavin Lux…

20190910_220231Blue Fleece 2004…This is the 9th yard Blue Fleece 2004 has traveled…

Recapping Day 1 of my 3 day Dodgers, baseball and 9/11 themed trip upon my arrival to BWI, with an on-time arrival and things working like clockwork, I would go from Baltimore to DC to the Pentagon Memorial and back to Charm City…

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This would be my first trip to Camden Yards in 16 years so this isn’t a yard I needed to knock off on my list of 30. But I was so intrigued by it’s beauty I vowed I would make a return trip some day. It would also be the first time I would see the Boys in Blue in an AL yard other than Angel Stadium. 

When I planned this trip back in April, I could not have envisioned seeing The Blue clinch the NL West here or even this early. September 10 would mark the earliest the Blue would clinch a division title. 

The visit to The 9/11 Pentagon Memorial , one of the sites of the tragic 9/11 crashes of 18 years ago didn’t have the bone-chilling effect that many would feel. No matter though. It still a site that one who appreciate’s and reflect’s on history, no matter how tragic  should visit. 

The tragic events of 18 years ago would put a brief halt on the 2001 season. As the season resumed, baseball would be a small tonic baseball fans and this country would embrace, as it would serve as a distraction from the tragic events of the day. 

Day Two. Up to New York City on 9/11…

20190910_221115One last stroll for the night along Eutaw Street…