I love Opening Day. The excitement of baseball returning. The hopes and dreams that every fan has for their team are huge – right now, every fan (except those of Pittsburgh) thinks that their team has a chance of winning the series this year.
I was very excited to go to Camden Yards for the first time. Chris has been there countless times and has spoke highly about the stadium in general and especially Boogs BBQ.
The day started off rainy and cold. Not exciting for opening day. But, being the fans that we are, we threw on our Yankee Gear and headed to the “Yard.”
We stopped first at the Babe Ruth Museum. Neither of us had been there before and as true Yankee fans, we wanted to go. As Chris said, it was a HUGE disappointment. First, there were like 40 Orioles fans there eating BBQ (not Boogs). And the place is NOT a museum. Its a house with some signs and pictures hung up of the Babe. I learned nothing about the Babe that being a casual fan wouldn’t have taught me. So that was a waste of time.
We then headed out towards the stadium where there was this HUGE block party going on. Very fun. Yankees fans and Orioles fans mixing it up, drinking some beers and enjoying the feeling of Opening Day. Oh yeah, at this point, the sun comes out, pulling a complete 180 on the day. Sunny and WARM. Hot almost.
After some drinks and some food, we headed inside where Chris beelined it straight for Boogs. I think they must put something in there to make you happy, cause he wolfed that sandwich down faster then a starving man with a Christmas ham.
Then it started to rain again so we headed inside to the concourse and made our way up to our seats in section 380 and by the time we got there it stopped raining, but the sun was gone. We waited around for the Opening Ceremonies, the introduction of the Yankee team and then the Oriole team.
At this point the game begins. I won’t bore you with the details, if you haven’t seen the highlights, come out from under your rock and turn on ESPN.
I do have some thoughts I want to share. First, I couldn’t believe how negative Orioles fans are. I guess that’s what 11 straight losing seasons will do to you. There were twice as many “Yankees Suck” chants then “Let’s Go O’s.” When you go to Yankee stadium, you really only hear “Let’s go Yankees.” Not “Mariner’s Suck.”
The other thing was the blatant homophobia of everyone in the upper deck. I have been to Yankees games, Mets games, Jets and Giants games. I’ve been to a Pirate’s game and several minor league games. I even sat in section 39 (now 203) in Yankee Stadium, with the Bleacher Creatures and never before have I heard so many “faggots” and “homos” and “salad tossers” yelled out before. It seemed as if the only insults they had for Yankee players, were that they were gay.
How limited do your brain functions have to be to only be able to use those words as insults? I think, in this day and age, we can all come up with better insults then someones sexual orientation. I realize that some guys will never get it, will always be homophobes and will always use gayness as an insult, but I have never heard it used to an extent like it was Monday. It was atrocious.
The blatant hate for Mark Teixeira was also evident. I don’t know how much it cam across on the TV, but they booed him constantly. It was loud and consistent.
I find it amusing how feisty they are about this. Most fans seem to be upset cause Teixeira blew them off for the Yankees. Oh well, that’s business. GET OVER IT. Or, as I told one fan, tell your team owners to start investing in their team.
At the beginning of the game, the announcer spoke highly about the new sound system (which cut out a few times, obviously a bad investment) and the new Kentucky Bluegrass that was laid on the field. Hmmm….probably coulda taken that money and invested in a new first baseman.
All in all, it was a great day, a little cold, and kind of crappy with a loss, but Yankee baseball is back!!!!!