While I was on vacation, one of my co-workers (who is always after a deal) arranged for a few of us to see an Orioles game with one of our vendor companies. But this wasn't going to be just another evening in the stands making runs to the food counter and souvenir shop.
It was the August 8th matchup with the Houston Astros. We left work around 4:30 and arrived about an hour before first pitch. The first bonus was a parking pass that put us really close to the home plate entrance.
It was the first time I had used an app for tickets to an event. The MLB Ballpark app is pretty much about tickets, even though it talks about following any player, and other things. It's about the tickets. Anyway, we went in the door and then in the elevator to the fourth floor.
We stepped off into what felt like a hotel lobby. It's the Club Level. There's a reception desk and tons of historical information, artifacts, trophies, and artwork about the history of the Orioles on every wall and in the hallways and lounges all the way around this floor of the building.
This is a stock shot I took off the internet to show some of the other areas. I snapped the rest of the pics, but stuck to the stuff that interested me. I haven't asked my friends to send me theirs yet. I'm sure they shared them on social media.
These jerseys were right behind the main lobby.
This Frank Robinson panel was down one of the walkways to the upper seating sections.
This side room was all about Cal Ripken. I don't think these were the original numbers that hung on the side of the warehouse when he was breaking the streak, but I could be wrong. Seems like they'd be a lot bigger.
This painting was in our actual suite. There were cafe tables, couch seating, the buffet (quesadillas, hot dogs, salads, sodas, adult beverages, the whole works!), a private rest room, and a glass wall with two sliding doors that lead to the outside seating. You sat in rolling office-style chairs outside. Here was our view:
We were up the third base line. It was a great evening to watch a game. Not too hot or cold.
I snapped pics of the starting lineups.
The O's got off to a rousing start with two home runs from Adley and Mountcastle. They built a 6 - 3 lead into the 9th inning. Unfortunately, the closer Bautista, who came into the game with great fanfare ~ flashing lights and dramatic music ~ couldn't get anyone out and they lost in the top of the 9th. Stupid Astros...
Other than that it was a stellar experience. One of the hosts knew the Orioles Alumni Director, who came by and brought Larry Bigbie in to meet our group and sign autographs. (I passed.) The other company that sponsored the event bought several different hats for everyone. They were nice. I got a regular O's hat with the Jackie Robinson 42 patch on it.
Hopefully, we can do that again before the season is over.
I still haven't watched more than a few games this year. I should pay more attention since they're going to be in the playoffs. I'll watch more of them then.