May 1, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - I still cannot answer the question about the tree falling with no one around, but one would think a wooden bat connecting with a 95-mph fastball sounds the same in a major league stadium with no fans as one with 20,000, 30,000 or 40,000 fans. It's that distinctive "Crack!" I've heard it hundreds of thousands of times in my life as a baseball fan and my career as a sports journalist. Yesterday in Orioles Park at Camden Yards, however, the crack sounded a little different to me. This time, when a player for the Baltimore Orioles or the Chicago White Sox hit the ball, that "Crack" had a tinge of sadness sprinkled with a bit of anger.
May 1, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - Everything was so clear and sharp: the crack of the bat, the thwock of the ball into the catcher's mitt, the clip-clop of cleats against a dugout's concrete steps and floor. Every noise had an easily identifiable source. You could hear a photographer's camera click and know exactly where he was positioned. You could hear an infielder call for a pop-up and feel as if you, too, should peel off and let him take it. You could see a home run cut through the sky, clear the right-field bleachers, land on a city street . . . and hear nothing in the aftermath.
April 20, 2013
The massive manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings shut down the city of Boston on Friday, forcing the postponement of the Red Sox game against the Royals at Fenway Park, as the club tweeted, "to support efforts of law enforcement officers. " "We're locked in," Royals executive Mike Swanson said Friday morning from the team hotel. "They've told us not to leave the hotel and every place is closed right now. " Swanson described the lockdown, before the suspect was apprehended Friday night in nearby Watertown, as absolute.
June 15, 2012 |
I BELIEVE THE SOUL is formed at the moment of conception. That's why, even though I left Baltimore as a 2-month-old infant, I'm convinced some of the magic of that place and time seeped into my mother's womb, and marked me. It was, after all, 1961 and there was some real greatness in Charm City. More specifically, there was greatness at Memorial Stadium, where Brooks Robinson ruled third base for the Orioles and Johnny "The Golden Arm" Unitas was leading the championship Colts.
October 6, 2010
Aramark Corp., Philadelphia, lost a contract it had since 1992 to run the concession stands at Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles. Aramark spokesman David Freireich would not disclose the reason the Orioles gave for deciding against renewing the company's contract for the 2011 baseball season. Aramark had 600 employees working at the ballpark. Many are expected to be picked up by whatever food-service company the Orioles select to succeed Aramark. A spokesman for the Orioles would not disclose the reason for the move.
March 2, 2010 |
On a Sunday afternoon just over a week ago, Muriah Ashley Huff bumped into two friends on the platform of NJ Transit's River Line station in Palmyra. Huff, 18, longed to get her driving permit, and was bound for Camden to see her boyfriend, Mike, recalled Nicole Bass and Vivian Richardson. That was the last the two saw of the bubbly cosmetology student. Four days later, on Thursday, Huff's beaten and strangled body was found buried in the backyard of a South Camden home, said the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
May 5, 2004 |
My son has become - horrors - a Yankee. Born and raised in Baltimore, I have always been a fan of the Orioles baseball team. Captivated by their black-and-orange splendor, I have lived and died with the Birds, from their World Series championships in 1966, '70 and '83 to their most recent "rebuilding" (dare I say pathetic) years. Whether it was a winning season or losing one, the one constant was my intense dislike of the rival New York Yankees. It's just the way it is if you are an Orioles fan. So when our 10-year-old son got the call early this season that he had been drafted in our town baseball league by the Yankees, we struggled to hide our dismay.
January 10, 2003 |
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the International Sport Summit 2003 announced four category winners in its "50 That Shaped the Last 25," list for the most significant impact on sports during the past 25 years. Michael Jordan was selected as the most influential athlete endorser. Roone Arledge, who developed "Monday Night Football" and "Wide World of Sports" for ABC, was selected as the top media executive. The Indiana Sports Corporation was voted the top sports commission and Camden Yards in Baltimore was picked as the top venue.
April 1, 2001 |
I was convinced that the two grandkids would be absolutely wowed by Baltimore's National Aquarium, the city's signature tourist attraction for almost 20 years and reason enough for a visit here. But we couldn't pry 4-year-old Caroline from Port Discovery, a new children's museum, where she was totally taken by the colorings, cuttings and pastings in what she called the "hearts and crafts" room. And Michael, 10, wants to return just to revisit the Torsk, a World War II submarine, and its neighboring harborside attraction, the Civil War-era USS Constellation (or, as he called it, the USS Constipation)
March 10, 2001 |
Awhile back, I was one of several men discussing the profound, the mundane and the profane as men often do over coffee on lazy Saturday mornings, when the banter turned to a Baltimore Orioles game I attended last season, courtesy of a sportswriter friend, also present that morning. Belatedly thanking him for the chance to visit Baltimore's Inner Harbor on a delightful summer day, I recalled hospitable, inviting and intimate Camden Yards, as well as a taut come-from-behind affair won by Baltimore on a dramatic Will Clark home run in the top of the ninth inning.