To Camden Yards
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After resting in the hostel in DC, I would take the 1-hour train ride to Baltimore, to attend a baseball game at Oriole Park in Camden Yards.
This is the first time that I've actually done something in the city of Baltimore. I've only stopped by this city, whenever the Greyhound bus makes a layover, to/from DC. It never really crossed my mind to visit, until I decided to visit every baseball stadium in Major League Baseball. Plus I have heard nothing but rave reviews about Camden Yards, the most praised ballpark. This is the one that started the trend of retro ballparks, thus putting an end to the multi-purpose cookie-cutter stadiums. Its success inspired other teams to build their new places in the same style as well.
I arrived in Baltimore, and walked around the entrance near the trains. There was the Babe Ruth statue and the numbers outside, which jersey numbers retired by the Orioles. Then I went to the Sports Legends Museum, which was a history of sports in Baltimore, and Maryland in general. I focused on a few exhibits and had to skim through the rest, with the limited time I had. After that, I went to the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. Both are nice places, and I wished I had more time for the Sports Legend Museum.
I left the museum, and stopped by one of the street vendors to get something to eat. I have not eaten since breakfast, so I bought 3 hot dogs for $5, which was not a bad deal, and much better than what I would get inside the ballpark.
Game time was approaching, so I entered the ballpark, and strolled down the street between the park and warehouse for a little bit, until the starting lineups was announced. I went to my seat, which was behind home plate. Great seat, and not expensive. I did take some time to wonder in the concourse. I would end up sitting next to someone, who is also from Philly.
As for the game itself, it was the opener of the Beltway Series between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. The O's won the game 5-3, with 1 home run hit in the game. Seeing a lot of empty seats, just shows that the Beltway Series is not much of a rivalry that MLB wants it to be.
After the game, there would be fireworks. But since the last bus back to DC, would leave 20 minutes after the last out, I would miss it. I got on the bus, only for it to leave after the fireworks ended. Long story short, I did not take kindly to that, and neither did another person, who complained to the bus driver about it. The bus driver just did not care.
I rode back to DC.