The new food options are set and the parking lot has been cleared. Now all that’s left is to play ball at Camden Yards, right? Well, actually, there’s the little matter of rolling out the orange carpet first. The Orioles released the schedule for Opening Day festivities on April 4, when the O’s face the Minnesota Twins. Here’s the plan:
Pregame Ceremonies begin at 2:30 p.m., with the introduction of Orioles players and coaches. They will run through the center field gate and down to the infield on the orange carpet, lined by 120 youth. A fan will also be named the team’s honorary “10th Man.”
After the intros, the National Anthem is set to be performed by operatic tenor Rolando Sanz. Then, Orioles Hall of Famer Rick Dempsey and Maryland State Senator Bobby Zirkin will throw out side-by-side first pitches.
Manny Machado is also set to be presented with a gold glove for his work at the Hot Corner last season. Then, he’ll take his place with the rest of the team and look to dig in for another 162 games.
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