Now, though, it’s the Rays who come in and the Orioles need to make sure they don’t see crowds of 15,000 or 20,000 per-game for these three ultra-critical contests.
And by lowering the prices for all three games, the Orioles are asking us for help.
They’re basically saying, “We need you to come out.”
I say, “Let’s go”.
I bought four tickets for Tuesday night’s game last week when the ticket offer was first made public.
I know others who did the same thing.
But there are still gobs and gobs of tickets left for all three games vs. Tampa Bay.
You need to buy a pair or three or four and get out to the stadium to see the team battle the Rays for first-place in the American League East.
Those of us who have followed the Birds for the last decade know how hard it was for the Orioles to swallow their pride last week and announce the ticket price reduction. I’m aware that many of you harbor years of resentment toward the club and you’re probably still in the “I’m not going back” camp, but I’m suggesting that you put that angst aside on this occasion and get out to one of the three games.
Let’s keep in mind the Orioles have made a number of improvements over the last few years, not including this year’s amazing run on the field. From putting BALTIMORE on the road jerseys three years ago to their outstanding Orioles REACH program and to this season’s wonderful trip down memory lane with their own version of “monument park” and the glorifying of Oriole greats, the club has made giant strides in re-connecting with a community they shunned for years while they chased the stuffed suits in Washington DC.
Personally, I still experience moments of bush-league treatment from team executives, who fail to respond to simple, professional e-mails, but when it comes to appreciating what the front office has done over the last few years to upgrade their relationship with the Baltimore sports fan, I’m more than willing to give them a giant thumbs up.
And that’s why I implore you to get out to the ballpark Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week.
I know it’s a weeknight (and on Thursday, a 12:35 pm start), but you do lots of stuff on weeknights. You go bowling, play cards, play softball or participate in some other sport or recreational activity that keeps you out of the house until 9 or 10 pm. Many of you reading this right now will be at Ravens stadium on Monday night to watch the opener vs. the Bengals. You can use an excuse for not going to the baseball stadium this week, but one of them can’t be “it’s a weeknight”.
Ticket prices are no longer an issue, not for this 3-game series, anyway.
Yes, beer prices are high at Oriole Park.
They’re also high at the football stadium but that doesn’t stop you from putting your liver into overdrive whenever the Ravens are playing at home.
Forget the cost for one night.
Get to the ballpark on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and help the Orioles out.
It took a lot for them to “buckle under” the pressure of stepping forward and saying, “We need you SO much that will take a hit in our own wallet if you’ll just come out and support the team when the Rays come to town.”
Just accept their attempt at making up and go out to a game this week.
The Orioles need us.