O what a day! Baseball is back in Baltimore. After 18 months (more than 560 days to be exact), fans were welcomed back home at Camden Yards to cheer on their birds during the home opener against the Boston Red Sox. And Orioles fans did not disappoint. Taking to the streets around the stadium, fans showed up in their Orioles best to root, root, root for the home team.
Check out some photos from the pre-game gatherings outside the stadium.
What’s the secret to Mercy High School’s success in safely offering on-campus instruction, competitive athletics, and cherished traditions? Since the pandemic began, Mercy’s fierce determination to innovate in this new reality, coupled with strict adherence to COVID safety protocols, has yielded a robust campus life for Mercy Girls. Today’s opening of the spring sports season, including lacrosse, softball, golf, and outdoor track and field, is yet another example of the magic that is happening at Mercy this year.
“Our outstanding teachers and staff have been extraordinarily creative—and dedicated— in keeping our girls on track as they prepare for college. Thanks to them, we have been able to give our Mercy Girls the level of academic excellence our families have come to expect and the meaningful experiences outside of the classroom that touch their hearts for a lifetime,” explained Mercy’s president, Mary Beth Lennon ’85. “Whether virtual or on-campus in the hybrid model, all our students have the opportunity to participate in the clubs and activities that bring them a sense of cohesion and fun.”
Mrs.Terri Byrd, Varsity Swim Coach at the all-girls Notre Dame Preparatory School, has been named Girls Swimming Coach of the Decade by the Varsity Sports Network (VSN).
Mrs. Byrd has served as NDP’s swim coach since 2006. During that time, the NDP Blazers won six Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) championships, five of those in the last decade, and six National Catholic Swimming Championships. In addition to the VSN honor, Mrs. Byrd was named Coach of the Year at the National Catholic Swimming and Diving Championships in 2011 and 2020, and the Blazers swim team has been honored by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) Academic All-American program the past 11 years.
The Orioles, in partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF), announced Nov. 30 a plan to facilitate COVID-19 testing for Elev8 Baltimore educators and staff. Tests will be regularly administered through January 2021 as part of the club’s ongoing efforts to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the July opening day of this year’s strange and shortened baseball season, Clarence Haskett pulled out his phone and texted nearly 100 friends.
The group was “people that I’ve developed good relationships with over the years and see over and over again,” Haskett said. “I just hope everyone stays safe, so I can see them next year.”
Those friends surely appreciated getting a text from Haskett. But they probably would have preferred a cold beer.
Haskett, 61, is better known to legions of Orioles and Ravens fans as “Fancy Clancy” or “Clancy the Beer Man.” They cheer him on as he bounds up stadium steps carrying heavy buckets of brew, bending perilously over railings and striking muscular poses to serve his clients.
Haskett is one of scores of stadium workers and ancillary businesses who are sidelined by the year of the coronavirus, as players compete in empty stadiums with cutout figures propped in the front rows.
The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club, owners of the legendary Preakness Stakes, announced Sept. 2 that Preakness 145 will proceed without fans in attendance on October 3rd at Pimlico Race Course.
Jennevy Santos has gone to great lengths to chase her dreams.
The 21-year-old from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, is a senior at Morgan State, a valuable team leader and defensive specialist on a Bears volleyball squad that should contend for a MEAC championship whenever such matters can again ascend to the forefront.
Though the 2026 FIFA World Cup is six years off, Maryland officials are making their pitch to bring soccer’s biggest tournament to the Old Line State. A team spearheaded by Maryland Sports executive director Terry Hasseltine and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford presented its bid to FIFA officials July 20, seeking to secure Baltimore as one of the American host cities during the tournament.
Hours after the Orioles inducted him into the team’s hall of fame, 14-year-old Baltimore sports superfan Mossila “Mo” Gaba died, according to multiplereports. He was battling cancer for the fifth time.