While we were in Baltimore we signed up to tour Camden Yards. Most baseball parks offer these tours and we love them. You learn about the history of the park (of which there was plenty in Baltimore) and learn about some of the special things in each stadium. You also get to see parts of the park that you normally wouldn't see, and go places where everyday citizens usually cannot go.
The view from the gates. There is something incredibly beautiful about a baseball stadium on the day of a game.
This photo reminds me of the intro on the TV broadcasts of the Orioles games on MASN (our local sports channel).
The grounds crew was hard at work the entire time we were there (in their orange shirts) making sure the field was game day ready.
It looks empty now but later on that evening there would be thousands of fans cheering on their team.
The first part of the tour took us to the VIP boxes at the top of the stadium. This is the view from one of those boxes.
Some of the more famous players that have played for the Orioles. The only one I recognized was Cal Ripken Jr.
On the club level, they had some of the promotional posters from years past. I loved this one!
This is one of the things I love about baseball. In football you can take a knee, in basketball you can dribble around slowly, but in baseball you have to give each batter their minimum of three pitches. Every batter has a chance to change the game.
This was one of the coolest things on the tour as it is one of the World Series trophies; this is from 1983.
Outside the locker rooms they had the stats from the previous night's game.
This is the media center for the game. I think it would be crazy here during game time.
On the field - we were standing on the field! The baseball nut in me was geeking out right about now.
View from the Orioles Dugout. You almost feel like part of the game action even though the only person on the field was the groundskeeper. We were allowed on the warning track but were not allowed to step on the grass or touch it.
Huge scoreboard - that would show a White Sox win (GO SOX!!) later that night.
We got to sit on the dugout benches. Its amazing to think that many of the great players have sat on the same bench that we did.
We loved visiting Baltimore and getting to tour Camden Yards. The park is absolutely gorgeous and we had a blast. If you are near a baseball stadium and you haven't taken a tour yet, we absolutely think you should. It is such a great experience.
Happy Baseball Season,