Never mind the on-field product
SHEPHERDSTOWN — There’s the DiamondVision LED video board. If you will, sit in the Miller Lite Flite Deck. Are you the least bit hungry? Then you must try some of the new-to-2019 Mexican street corn, Cajun sandwiches or acai bowls.
You’ve stood in the Flag Court area, had your photograph taken in front of the warehouse, meandered along Eutaw Street, sat at the bistro tables, stood beside the statue of Babe Ruth and seen the figures of Orioles’ greats Cal Ripken, Jr., Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray and Jim Palmer along the shaded walkway beyond the outfield fence in left field.
You’ve played the between-innings games provided by the entertainment system. Boog Powell’s BBQ has satisfied your appetite, and the meals featuring crab cakes with all the trimmings have given you an authentic taste treat from Baltimore-style cuisine.
Your children have run the bases after another Sunday afternoon loss. This season for the first time, you can wolf down Hoffman Meats Camden Franks provided by the wholesaler on Salem Avenue extended in Hagerstown.
Your taste buds, whether refined or just needing attention, can be satisfied with just about any type of food available from across the globe, such as at Pollock Johnny’s for sausages and Staggy’s for the first time here in 2019. Mexican food can dance its way into your heart, with even a $1.50 sized food for youngsters.
Along the Eutaw Street promenade, there is now Boog’s General Store for personalized T-shirts, Maryland Sports Legends, the Orioles Hall of Fame plaques and Rick Dempsey even has a store along the way.
And then there is the ballpark itself — Oriole Park at Camden Yards, an architectural masterpiece with mostly comfortable seats, reliable sight lines and a throwback atmosphere to remind those advancing in years of the Orioles of 1966, 1970, 1971, 1979 and 1983.
Carry your radio with you, or remember the advice you heard from television announcers and analysts Brian Roberts, Gregg Olson, Ben McDonald, Mike Bordick, Dave Johnson or Jim Palmer — all former Oriole players.
Don’t, however, get too caught up thinking about the home team out on the field. They win about 29 percent of their games.
You definitely need a scorecard and lineup to try to memorize the player’s names.
Hanser Alberto might still be hitting just above the .300 mark and Trey Mancini is having a quality season. Andrew Cashner, a starting pitcher, has earned his multi-million dollar contract.
But the injured Mark Trumbo hasn’t played a game all season. Chris Davis is still languishing in his depths and was hitting .182 on July 6. Pitcher Alex Cobb has been mostly injured and has an 0-2 record and 10.95 ERA. Dylan Bundy, another starting pitcher, limps along with a 4-10 record.
John Means, who pitched a season at West Virginia University, was selected to the American League All-Star team with his 7-4 record.
Stay seated. Eat your peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack. Then indulge yourself with some bratwurst or fare from the Chesapeake Bay.
There is so little “Orioles Magic” any longer. “Something Magic happens” may be buried for some seasons to come.
Don’t look for a quartet of 20-game winners (Pat Dobson, Mike Cuellar, Jim Palmer and Dave McNally) in the same utopia-like season any time soon.