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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, MLB, baseball, Baltimore Orioles, fotoeins.com

Oriole Park at Camden Yards: Baltimore, MD

I’m a longtime baseball fan, going way back to the days of watching on CBC Television many Montréal Expos’ home games at Jarry Park Stadium, and back to the inaugural seasons for both the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays. I’ve been looking forward to visiting Camden Yards in Baltimore since its completion in 1992. I’m visiting friends in Baltimore as one of many North American stops in my 2012 around-the-world (RTW) trip. With the added bonus of the stadium’s 20th anniversary, we’re on a weekday-afternoon tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Although baseball season is already a few weeks in, there are only six of us on the tour. It feels like we have all of Camden Yards to ourselves.

I’m also a fan of sports history. A few weeks earlier, I returned to Toronto for the first time in ten years, and I found some ‘religion’ in the presence of “The Holy Grail” inside the Hockey Hall of Fame. Here at Camden Yards, it’s special to examine an important part of Oriole and baseball lore, reading about Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson, and seeing the various displays for Cal Ripken Jr.

At home plate, I imagine I’m at bat, and smacking a 3-2 outside fastball towards the warehouse wall in right field, and I’m rounding the bases …

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Orioles’ Leaders Board, 1954-2012

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Cal Ripken’s 2131st consecutive game breaks Lou Gehrig’s record

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson on ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover, 1966 October 10 issue

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

From right-center field

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Two orange seats

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Griffey’s homerun on 24 April 1994: distance 438 feet (133.5 metres)

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Morneau’s homerun on 25 July 1994: distance 412 feet (125.6 metres)

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

To center-field and the warehouse wall behind right-field

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Long-time manager

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Behind home plate, to center field and beyond

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Warehouses B and C beyond right field

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

View from first base

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Lower level seats with direct view of the infield

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA, fotoeins.com

Up at the warehouse beyond right field

Information for Oriole Park Tours here

Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards, or Major League Baseball. I made the photos on 1 May 2012, and I’m grateful to MB and MSK for their generous hospitality. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-3ds.

CenturyLink Field, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle, WA, USA

My Seattle: inside CenturyLink Field

Above: “Welcome to CenturyLink Field.” (HL)

18 February 2012.

As the beginning to my year-long around the world journey, I’d say my visit to Seattle was successful.

There was much food, in between stuffing my cakehole with beautifully cured meats at Salumi, some of the best fish and chips in town at Pacific Inn Pub, watching UEFA Champions League football in Shultzy’s, great dim sum at Jade Garden in the International District, and a steady diet of lattés throughout town.

Over the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, I managed to stop eating long enough to take a guided tour of the football-and-soccer stadium near Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle.

I’ve watched the Seattle Seahawks since their inception and inclusion into the National Football League in 1976. As the concept of a multi-purpose stadium was all the rage in the late-70s and 80s, the Seahawks and Mariners (joining Major League Baseball in 1977) played in the King County Multipurpose Domed Stadium, better known as the Kingdome.

I have very fond Seahawk memories watching quarterback Jim Zorn throwing long balls to favorite wide receiver Steve Largent. Seeing Largent’s retired number 80 up as a banner in the stadium was a big thrill.

Eventually, the Seahawks and Mariners went their separate ways to build their own stadia. The Kingdome was demolished by implosion in 2000 to make way for a new football stadium. The new stadium opened in 2002, and is now called CenturyLink Field. The primary tenants are the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC (MLS).

The 12th Man is an important part of the Seahawks’ fan-base and culture to the extent that one 12th Man Executive Suite is reserved for fans.


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