As a baseball addict for several decades, I cannot think of many things better than a warm June evening at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. On June 6, 2014, nearly 90 Baltimore County Bar Association members and guests enjoyed such a late spring night and the potential of postseason possibilities as the BCBA took over the right-field Flite Deck to watch the Orioles take on the hardscrabble Oakland Athletics for a 7:05 p.m. contest. This third annual BCBA baseball outing did not see a repeat of the unforgettable, sweltering temperatures and the oncoming derecho locals experienced during the first BCBA night at Camden Yards in 2012. Nevertheless, the group immensely enjoyed this year’s first baseball outing. (The second 2014 BCBA night at Oriole Park is on August 1, 2014 against the tough Seattle Mariners.)
BCBA President T. Wray McCurdy, past-President Bob Lazzaro and the Hon. Vicki Ballou-Watts were among those enjoying the baseball and good company. The attendees were not only rewarded with a $15 voucher for food, beverages and merchandise at the park, but also walked away with the night’s give-away item, an Orioles-orange pair of sunglasses.
The memorable evening was not without some dramatic close encounters of the baseball kind. The teams exchanged leads while Chris Davis and Manny Machado blasted homers. The Athletics tied the score late, sending the game into extra innings.
The game included one of the skirmishes that led to Manny Machado’s five-game suspension. While running to third base, Manny took umbrage at Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson’s hard tag that knocked the Orioles’ 2013 American League Platinum Glove winner to the ground. Both benches cleared but calmer heads prevailed and fisticuffs were averted.
The battle between the teams even included an exciting, but unsuccessful, late inning attempt by slugger Nelson Cruz to steal home and win the game. What was he thinking? Unfortunately, our Birds fell to Oakland, 4 to 3, in 11 innings. Except for the game’s outcome, the BCBA’s night at the game was a big success.