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Game #9 Day #5 @ 7:05 PM Orioles vs Yankees
Douglas ‘Chuck’ Booth (Baseball Writer)- Good Lord, I don’t ask for much in this world, plus there has been nothing handed to me on a silver platter. Please I beg of you, let me connect on my flight to Baltimore so I can see my Yankees play at one of the best ball parks in the Majors! It is only a shame the team has struggled for the last 15 years. Hey! Didn’t the O’s almost draft that kid that kid who scooped Tony Tarasco out of the ball in the 1996 playoffs? The answer is no, but it is funny how that kid is revered in New York…..while Steve Bartman continues to hide out overseas somewhere over yet another baseball.
As soon I get to Orioles Park at Camden Yards, I am headed for the best Rib Sandwich, with baked beans and coleslaw courtesy of the barbeque pit in the center-field area. I am intentionally starving myself all day until this point. I am going to see if Eddie Murphy’s logic holds true. He said “If you are starving and somebody gives you cracker,” you will say, “that is the best damn cracker I ever ate.” I am also trying to preserve myself. The last few streaks I have gained an average of a pound per day. It is a reality version of ‘SUPERSIZE ME.’ I can’t afford the extra baseball ‘cheer’ when I finish this time guys.
Okay, seriously though, I will be catching a cab from BWI-Airport in Baltimore to the hostel downtown. I should have enough time to check in and drop off my luggage for the front staff to guard for me. It should not cost me more than $25 to cab it the rest of the way to Camden Yards. The hostel I am staying at only costs $25 per night. It is perfect for what I need on this day. It is walking distance from the park, has a shower facility and a wireless connection. I could even do laundry if I had to. The next morning I must wake early to catch a flight to Denver.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is one of my favorite parks. Once I have inhaled my dinner, I have a spot with my name on it along the back fences of the courtyard. It is there where you can see all of the home run colored tiles from all of the MLB Players who have hit the ball that far back. I like when parks designate things like this. Of course I can’t forget to pay attention when the Star-Spangled Banner is sung as the whole crowd will shout ‘O’ for the Jose parts. I am thinking there is going to be enough Yankee fans to do a road role-call though. I am game for that. I may even bring my Yankees hat for this game!
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