Oriole Park at Camden Yards
My Baseball Dream
by Ray Bergman

Game 16 - Orioles vs Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

August 21, 1996

Another day, another game. Today I had a relatively long drive solo, from Cleveland to Balitimore (approximately 380 miles). I travelled on the turnpikes of two states: Ohio and Pennsylvania. Believe it or not, the roads I travelled that were in the best condition were free. The PA Turnpike cost the most ($6.50, or about 6 cents a mile). Besides Ohio and Pennsylvania, I rolled through the Allegheny and the Blue Ridge Mountains and it took me five and a half hours to travel from Cleveland to Baltimore.

My motel was in North Lithicum, only a quarter mile from the light rail station and a 12 minute ride to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. What a great way to go! Both Cleveland and Baltimore have done it right and kept the fans in mind when building their stadiums. Camden Yards is similar to Jacobs Field. It has three decks and a pavilion in left and right center field. So far if I had to rate the three new stadiums I have seen (Arlington, Cleveland and Baltimore) I would have to go with Jacobs Field, but they are too close to sway my vote as of now. What do you fellow Dreamer's think? I'd be interested in your opinion.

The Orioles were one of the original eight American League franchises playing their first and only year in (1901) in Milwaukee. They became the St. Louis Browns in 1902 and remained in St. Louis for 52 years. In 1954, they became the Baltimore Orioles and have been there ever since.

And now game 16.

Scott Erickson started for the Birds and Sterling Hitchcock for the Mariners. Seattle got a run in the first on a Alex Rodriquez homer to dead center field. The Orioles came back in their half of the first with two unearned runs and led 2-1 after one. The Birds added another run in the third, took a 3-1 lead into the fourth and added two more when Chris Hoiles blasted a two run shot. Seattle came back in the fifth to tie it at 5-5 due mainly to Alex Rodriquez's second homer of the night, a three run shot into the left center field pavilion. Not to be outdone, Rodriquez's opposite number, Cal Ripken, hit one over the fence in the fifth that gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead. Baltimore added three more in their half of the seventh on a Bobby Bonilla three run homer. The Orioles scratched out another run in the eighth to close out the scoring and wound up the victors at 10-5.


  • I met some people from Pleasanton, CA (10 miles from my home) at Camden Yards. They were doing a tour of six stadiums in Cincinnati, Baltimore, New York, Boston and Montreal.
  • My seats were behind home plate about 30 rows up, I was seated right behind Harold Reynolds of ESPN and the technical producer of Baseball Tonight. I'm sure all baseball fans that have cable know that show.
  • The Orioles' Mascot was quite busy. I thought that he/she was very bush with his/her antics.
  • Winning pitcher: Scott Erickson.
  • Loser: Sterling Hitchcock.
  • Home runs Alex Rodriquez (2), Chris Hoiles, Cal Ripken, Bobby Bonilla.
  • Attendance: 47,198.
  • Time of game: 3:14.
  • Temp: 85, warm and humid.
  • Sorry I forgot to check gas prices.
And now on to one of my favorite cities and my home of yesteryear. Write to you from New York.

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