The Orioles Are Celebrating 25 Years Of Camden Yards This Weekend

Big weekend in Charm City coming up as the Orioles will celebrate 25 years of Camden Yards, also know as the Ballpark that Forever Changed Baseball. Before Camden Yards, stadiums weren’t really built inside cities, they would be on the outskirts of town. Camden fully embraced the part of Baltimore it was put into, namely the warehouse that towers over the park in right. It’s just the perfect place. It’s weird to think now that OPACY is now one of the 10 oldest ballparks in the country too. I may be biased, but it’s got to be one of the best places to watch a game. In January Stadium Journey has ranked Camden as the best stadium experience in SPORTS (not just baseball) for the third year in a row, that says something.

I love talking to out of towers at the games and asking their opinion on Camden. What they think of the statues in centerfield picnic area, the outfield bar, the baseball plaques on Eutaw Street, Griffey’s ball on the wall of the warehouse, and everyone seems to have the same opinion of the place. It’s great.

The best part about this celebration weekend? No, not a chance for the O’s to gain ground on the Angels in the wild card race, the O’s are hosting a pre-game home run derby. Favorites like Brady Anderson (clear favorite to win) and Chris Hoiles will be there smashing dongs before the game, and after the derby, the Orioles have other members of the 1992 season and Orioles Hall Of Famers to celebrate. Cal Ripken Jr, Billy Fuckface Ripken, Mike Mussina, Brady, Rick Dempsey, and Ben McDonald will all be there. The yard should be ROCKING. Gotta hope that sparks the team a little and sends them on a nice little winning streak.

Lots of talk about Camden and the great moments there, I asked the followers to name me some of their favorites…

People forget Manny Ramirez hit his 500th at Camden. I went to try and buy tickets the afternoon of the game. What an idiot I was.

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Would have loved to see this dude’s brother take an absolute frozen rope from Chris Davis to his chest.

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An obvious favorite. If you asked 10,000 people in Baltimore, all 10,ooo would say they were at the game.

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Always a pleasure when the Nationals come to town.

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Albert Belle was the first person on the Orioles I ever booed. I hated that man.

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This was when I was convinced the Orioles turnaround was starting. Opening Night, new Oriole Javy Lopez laces a homer on ESPN for all the world to see. The Orioles still sucked.

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A great memory from Camden Yards, but not a happy one.

Barstool’s own Conner Island getting in on the act. Die hard Orioles fan!

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Ugh, hate when I see an ex with better seats than me.

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Robert Andino owns the Red Sox.

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But by far, the most popular choice, was the Delmon Young double in Game 2 of the 2014 ALDS against the Tigers. Had countless tweets saying they were drenched in beer, hugging strangers, just going absolutely insane in the stands after that double. I think that clearly is the best moment at Camden Yards in the last 25 years, sorry Cal.

Crazy to think OPACY is 25 years old now, some of my earliest memories are heading into the park with my dad, me being maybe 4 or 5. But it still looks the exact same as it did when it opened, you wouldn’t think this park is over 5 years old. It takes your breath away when you walk inside the Eutaw Street gates, doesn’t matter if its your first time, or 500th time there. Something special about this ballpark.