BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Counting down to baseball season. The Orioles hold open tryouts for ballgirls and ballboys. This year will be extra special for the birds, who celebrate their 60th season in Baltimore.
Linh Bui takes us to the tryouts.
A spring-like Saturday at Camden Yards sets the mood for some baseball. The Orioles hold open tryouts to find ballboys and ballgirls for the 2014 season.
“The Orioles ballgirls and ballboys serve as ambassadors for the team,” said Heather Turnower, Orioles Game Entertainment Coordinator.
They’re responsible for fielding ground balls, being in pre and post game events, and most importantly, pumping up the crowd.
Christine Steinert showed her team spirit at tryouts.
“I just thought this might be a really unique way to take my passion and love for baseball and put it into doing something a little different than sitting home or watching the games and being able to come out here and really be a part of the game,” Steinert said.
Judges looked for athletic ability and attitude.
“Really just to be able to get the crowd into it and have fun,” said Greg Carpenter, judge and radio host. “Because coming to the Oriole games is all about having fun.”
“I’m a Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens fan as you can see,” diehard fan Glenn Murphy said.
He looks forward to some special moments on the field.
“Get a foul ball and give it to a kid that’s maybe never had a baseball and he’s with his dad and it’s his first Oriole game,” Murphy said.
Plus, it’s one of the best seats in the ballpark.
“The ballboy or ballgirl sets up right over here. Manny Machado is feet away. That’s got to be something else for somebody to be a part of that every day,” Carpenter said.
In the end, about six folks will make the cut.
They’ll find out if they got the gig in the next few weeks. Opening Day for the Orioles is March 31 against the Boston Red Sox.
The judges included members of the Orioles front office, former players and local media personalities.
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