Clint Griggs / Capt O
I’m not sure if “state your case for the Fan Hall of Fame” is really fitting for me.
I would consider myself a super-fan of the Baltimore Orioles. I would also say I’m a huge fan of baseball as a sport. That being said, it is easy to be a recognized Fan in the city of Baltimore. Who wouldn’t want to spend as much time as humanly possible at the park that returned baseball to the way it was in ‘the old days.’ A park that saw the unbreakable be broken when Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s record of 2130 consecutive games played. The moment that is augured to be what saved baseball after the strike in 1994.
But I would be kidding myself if I acted as if OPACY was the only easy reason to be a super-fan in Baltimore. Baltimore embraces its hero’s with charm. Once you are an Oriole for better and (very seldom) sometimes for worse, you are never forgotten. You are always one of us the minute you put on the Orange and Black. We call our players by their first name and wave to them as if they have been here forever … because they will always be immortal in the hearts and minds of Baltimoreans.
My first baseball memory is from Memorial Stadium and is of not being big enough to see the field but clearly hearing the immortal Baltimore chant of, “Eddie…Eddie…Eddie!” That really sums it up on how it began. It’s easy in Baltimore, you get to say Hello to a league MVP and a World Series MVP on a regular basis during the season. You only need to be a Baltimorean to know who I’m talking about.
You have a plan at Camden Yards you know the name of your vender and he knows yours. Shoot, now in today’s world your friends with him on Facebook! He comes to your 40th Birthday party and you go to his 40 year anniversary party. Heck your friends with half the team and former players for that matter. If there is a super-fan in Baltimore you know him, heck your friends with them somehow or someway! I’ll take your vote, but it won’t hurt my feelings if you vote for any Baltimore Fan!
My personal favorite achievement as a fan in Baltimore would be being able to say, I have been at every playoff game held in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
My favorite part of being a super-fan in Baltimore would be the ability to be part of something special in the most charming city in the world.