Okay, I admit it. I cheated over the weekend.
My favorite team, the Washington Nationals, were traveling on Mother’s Day and I really wanted to take my kids to a ball game. Even though I couldn’t see the Nats, just down the road the Baltimore Orioles were playing the Astros. I grew up with the Orioles (before my Nats came to town) and my kids had never been to Camden Yards. So, I packed up the kids and off we went.
We headed to Baltimore on a perfect weather day, found quick parking and headed into a sea of Orange. The only problem? I could not get into it. I just kept thinking about how much better it would be watching the Nationals.
Here is the list of issues I have with Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
-They don’t have the presentation of colors prior to the game.
-Every food vendor sells sausage. Finding a hamburger is a like the ultimate Where’s Waldo game. But, there is Old Bay everywhere.
-They had a very small selection of red wine, which is my drink of choice.
– The seats are not angled towards home plate.
– The music they play is from the late 70s prior to the game. There was a lot of Led Zeppelin and Eagles.
– They didn’t play any walk-up songs for the opposing team. In fact, they didn’t play any music other than the O’s walk up music, the stadium is eerily quiet.
– I look much better in red than orange.
Most importantly, I did not have a connection with the players. How can you cheer on a team that you don’t know? Either way, there is no question I will cheer on the Nationals during the battle of the beltway series in July.
I promise, I won’t cheat again.