Orioles fans reclaimed Camden Yards last night, turning it into an ocean of orange as Baltimore beat the New York Yankees 10-6 to once again move into a tie with them atop the A.L. East. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said after the game, that the crowd reminded him of a big tangerine.
“This crowd is unbelievable. Having this kind of support, it’s the kind of game you want,” said Jones of the estimated 90 percent of those in attendance who were cheering for the Orioles; a sellout crowd of more than 46,000 fans.
David Ginsburg covers the Orioles for the Associated Press. He joined The Vinny and Rob Show on 105.7 The Fan today.
“Déjà vu to me, man. It was 1997 all over again. It was cool,” said Ginsburg of the atmosphere.
Adam Jones was 12 years old the last time the Orioles had been in a race for the pennant and had heard the stories about a packed Camden Yards.
“He was as excited as anyone on the Orioles because he’s been pretty vocal about the 13,000 they got against Chicago just one week earlier,” said Ginsburg.
Ginsburg added that several team members said that the atmosphere really helped in the win.
Many came to the ballpark last night to celebrate the history made in the mid ‘90’s. It was the 17th anniversary of the day Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s mark of consecutive games played. The Orioles unveiled a bronze statue of the Iron Man in celebration.