Well we had a great day yesterday in "Charm City." We had a few good beers, caught the O's 6-1 loss to the Rockies and toured the Inner Harbor. It was a very full day and we were all quite tired when we returned home last night.
Talking to some O's fans from Dundalk, I was struck by how much things have changed for that franchise in the 5 years since I used to go down there every weekend. They were always fun to watch and I never saw a game that wasn't sold out in the 5 years I had season tix to the O's. Yesterday, on a great day, they drew barely 35,000.
The guy sitting next to me with he dad and 2 daughters said simply, "We don't get here much anymore. We're tired of the losing." He put the balme squarely on Orioles owner Peter Angelos, who has long been hated byt the Orange Faithful.
On a day when they were giving away nice bobbleheads of hometown Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr, I was left to wonder if even The Ironman could turn things around for a team that has't won since he was at short. Seems like there may be a plan afoot to make that happen.
Some of the highlights of the day were Emma falling asleep on daddy for innings 3-7 and John experimenting with the camera. He's getting the hang of it, but he uses his left eye, which none of the rest of us do. not sure what that is about.
I put some photos up on flickr. I hope you enjoy them!