With spring training well underway and days spent at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in warmer climes not far behind, Baltimore baseball fans are at that sweet spot of anticipation for the upcoming season.
Sure, things are really not looking good for the Orioles, owners of a ghastly 47-115 record last year, but there’s still the unknown and–dare I say it–ever-so-slight feeling of optimism that comes with a clean slate and 162 games still to play.
Adding to the build-up to baseball is Road Grays, a new magazine founded by local married couple Austin and Megan Stahl that focuses on human stories in our national pastime. Issue 1, out now, includes pieces of local interest, such as an interview the groundskeeper at Oriole Park and a feature by local luminary Rafael Alvarez on outfielder Curt Blefary, as well as a photo essay on Japanese baseball and a feature on the crews that make minor league baseball function.
To mark the start of Road Grays, the creative team is hosting a launch party at Atomic Books tonight from 7-9 p.m. Austin Stahl will discuss the magazine and Alvarez will read from his story. To find out more, I caught up with Stahl to talk about the origins of Road Grays, his vision for it going forward and what he thinks will happen with the 2019 Orioles.