Old Home Week
I used to live and work in Baltimore, so the Royals trip there on the recent road trip was a lot of fun for me. I had a chance to visit the gang at WBAL Radio, where I used to work, but I forgot to get pictures of “the gang.” Oh well…their website is www.wbal.com so you can read all about them there.
Outside my 8th floor hotel room window, the window washer was doing his job. Hanging from a suspension cable, and with a suction cup handle stuck to the window, he did his job. How much would they have to pay you to do that job? I’m not sure I could come up with a dollar figure that would get me out there. First floor, fine. Second floor, maybe. Then I’m done.
This is Baltimore’s signature Inner Harbor. It’s a beautiful area, always lots going on. I’d rent one of those little boats WAY before I’d repel down a building to wash windows.
Here are former Royal (and O’s TV analyst) Buck Martinez and Royals pitching coach Bob McClure. They were teammates in both KC and Milwaukee. Apparently they were reminiscing about some “nailbiters” they played in, back in the day.
On Eutaw (pronounced “Utah”) Street at the entrance to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, stands a large statue of a young Babe Ruth. Baltimoreans are very proud that the Babe was born and raised in Baltimore. But they’re a bit conflicted, since he starred for the HATED Yankees. This Statue has a flaw…behind his back, Babe is holding a righthanded glove (for his left hand). He was, of course, lefthanded.
The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum is just blocks away from the ballpark. It’s worth the visit if you’re in the area. The Babe actually lived in the apartment over his father’s saloon, which was located in what is now right field at Camden Yards.
Although a hotel has been built behind left field, it’s still one of the most beautiful views in all of baseball. Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened in 1992, but still looks brand new. It was “the original” retropark, which changed all of sports, not just baseball. New ballparks (Major League and minor league), football stadiums and basketball and hockey arenas have sprouted in almost every town, large and small, in America. It all started here.
This is one of Baltimore’s major landmarks: the Bromo Seltzer Tower. Built in 1911, you used to see it from Oriole Park, but not anymore, thanks to the new hotel.