At Camden Yards: Sunshine, Vitriol
For the first time in my 10-plus years covering baseball at The Post, I had to consult a seating chart to find my spot in the press box at Oriole Park at Camden Yards -- owing to the fact The Post decided to stop covering the Orioles this season, which means we no longer have a permanent seat. But I'm fine with that. At least they didn't put me on the roof, or out in the bleachers.
The press box is packed -- a holy convergence of Japanese media following New York's Hideki Matsui and Baltimore's Koji Uehara, the always swarming New York contingent, and a big showing from local outlets focusing largely on local product Mark Teixeira -- and the Orioles' media relations staff is saying it could be the biggest media crowd here since Cal Ripken's final game.
But the rain is gone, the sun is out and we're expecting to be underway on time, a little after 4 p.m., after this guy throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
Great pregame scene that took place near the Yankees' dugout, as Teixeira -- who, as we hardly need to remind you, chose the Yankees this winter over the Orioles and Nationals, among others -- emerged into view of the fans packed behind the dugout. As Teixeira stepped onto the field to tape a TV interview, a trio of teenaged Orioles fans immediately began heckling him.
"We hate you!"
"You're just a corporate whore!"
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