The Orioles return home for a nine-game homestand that will include local community appearances, charitable initiatives, promotions, discounts, and special events at Oriole Park at Camden Yards beginning tonight at 7:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox. Highlighting the homestand are a variety of youth-oriented activities and initiatives, including two youth clinics, two Little League Days, the annual Safety Patrol Night, and the first Junior Orioles Dugout Club game of the season.
IN THE COMMUNITY
FORMER AND CURRENT ORIOLES TO VISIT FORT MEADE YOUTH CLINIC
Current Orioles pitchers BRAD BRACH and DARREN O'DAY and former Orioles outfielder AL BUMBRY will help teach the fundamentals of baseball to more than 100 Fort Meade Little Leaguers at the Fort Meade Youth Clinic on Saturday, May 2, from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Four stations throughout the clinic will highlight pitching, fielding, baserunning, and hitting. The Oriole Bird will make a special appearance and the Orioles will present each participant with an Orioles cap, bag, and necklace. ESSKAY will provide hot dogs, and the USO will provide beverages and snacks to all participants. The Orioles have also donated tickets to the participants for Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:05 p.m. Media interested in covering the event must contact the Fort Meade Public Affairs office at (301) 677-5592/1465 to RSVP.
CHRIS DAVIS VISIT TO CHRISTIAN YOUTH ATHLETICS
First baseman CHRIS DAVIS will visit with children from the Christian Youth Athletics program on Saturday, May 2. Davis will speak to the children and then will participate as the designated pitcher for the league's opening game. This event is not open to media or the public.
AT THE BALLPARK
FIRST PITCH CEREMONIES
University of Maryland basketball standout, DEZ WELLS, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight's game against the Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. Wells, a shooting guard who helped lead Maryland to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years, was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2015. During the first inning, Wells will sign autographs on the Lower Concourse near Gate E.
On Saturday, April 25, Chef BRYAN VOLTAGGIO will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, prepare a special, signature dish, and sign copies of his new book, HOME: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends. Voltaggio will sign copies of HOME near Gate E and Home Plate Plaza from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and then begin preparing his specialty chili cheese hot dog with aerated cheddar and scallions at the "O What a Dog" concession stand on the third base concourse for $9. All proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry's work to end childhood hunger in America. Voltaggio will be available for media interviews on the field at Oriole Park at 6:15 p.m. Media may RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
SAFETY PATROL NIGHT
The Orioles have donated a total of 10,000 tickets to safety patrol students throughout the state of Maryland and their families as part of two Safety Patrol Appreciation Nights this month. The first night was held on Saturday, April 11, and the second will be held on Saturday, April 25. This is the 61st year the club has supported the safety patrol program.
LITTLE LEAGUE DAYS
On Sunday, April 26, and Sunday, May 3, more than 10,000 pre-registered youth baseball players will participate in a pre-game parade around the warning track and be greeted by Orioles players as they walk by the dugout as part of the first two Little League Days of the season. Teams, dressed in their uniforms, will carry banners and wave to their family members as they round the field. The final Little League Day at the ballpark this season will take place on Sunday, May 31.
4 ALS DAY AT ORIOLE PARK
Continuing baseball's long-standing commitment to raising awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, Major League Baseball and all 30 Clubs are once again teaming up "4 ALS." On Monday, April 27, the Orioles will welcome 50 members from the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins to Oriole Park. The Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins enables the world's best ALS scientists to collaborate and access funding so that they may continue work to rapidly develop new treatments and find a cure for ALS. ANDY NELSON will be representing the Robert Packard Center by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against the Chicago White Sox at 7:05 p.m. Andy was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, and since then the Nelson family along with friends have formed "Team Nelly," raising more than $150,000 for ALS Research through their participation in the Fiesta 5K for ALS Research to benefit the Packard Center. For additional information on ALS awareness and ways to help those suffering from ALS, fans can visit the Community Booth by Gate D or visit www.alscenter.org.
PLAY SUN SMART DAY
On Sunday, May 3, MITCHELL SCHAPPELL and RYLYE DONAHUE, two youth baseball players from the Severna Park Green Hornets, will deliver 50 bottles of sunscreen to both the visitors' and Orioles' dugouts prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:35 p.m. They will be escorted to each dugout with Orioles Assistant Athletic Trainer BRIAN EBEL. For the 17th season, Major League Baseball and the American Academy of Dermatology will team together to educate players and fans about the importance of sun safety. On Sunday, Play Sun Smart will commence its season-long program to raise skin cancer awareness, while encouraging players and fans to practice sun-safe behavior and to schedule regular skin screenings. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Orioles fan TANYA LOCKLEAR, 33, from Glen Burnie, MD. She is married to CHRIS LOCKLEAR and has three children: C.J., Kayla and Christina. Several weeks ago Tanya was diagnosed with Stage 4 Invasive Melanoma. Tanya is being treated at Johns Hopkins for multiple tumors including several melanoma brain tumors. Her mission is to raise awareness about melanoma by sharing her story at TanyaFightsCancer.com.
ORIOLES MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM
As part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Program, presented by GEICO and Horizon Services, the Orioles and OriolesREACH donate a catered private suite at each Sunday home game at Oriole Park to servicemen and women. On Sunday, April 26, military members from the Warrior Events will enjoy the game against the Boston Red Sox at 1:35 p.m. from a catered suite, compliments of GEICO, have a meet-and-greet with pitchers ZACH BRITTON and CHRIS TILLMAN, and receive a player T-shirt and cap. On Sunday, May 3, members from the Veteran Tickets Foundation will enjoy the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:35 p.m. from a catered suite, compliments of Horizon Services, have a meet-and-greet with pitchers BRAD BRACH and TOMMY HUNTER, and receive a player T-shirt and cap.
STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY
The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest for every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest allows a young fan to participate in a timed race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base. Fans can sign up for the opportunity at the ballpark at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day's game, gift certificates to use inside the park, an Orioles jersey, and an Orioles prize pack. The contestants will also get to keep the authentic base. The winner for Sunday, April 26, is COLE ANDERSON, a 10-year old from Mount Airy, MD. The following Sunday's winner for May 3 is GABRIEL GODEY, age 14, from Cockeysville, MD.
ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES
Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. On Monday, April 27, BRIAN BASS, LARRY BIGBIE, JACKIE BRANDT, and AL BUMBRY are scheduled to greet fans and sign autographs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
ORIOLES REACH COMMUNITY BOOTH
During each home game, the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, non-profit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants, or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand:
Fri, April 24 MAS Rescue (Maryland Animal Sanctuary and Rescue)
Sat, April 25 Pets with Disabilities
Sun, April 26 Babe Ruth Foundation
Mon, April 27 Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins
Tue, April 28 Y of Central Maryland
Wed, April 29 Dog Rescue of Maryland
Fri, May 1 Thankful Paws
Sat, May 2 Tails of Hope
Sun, May 3 Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation
ORIOLES REACH GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles t-shirt, a cap, and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players. Players participating in the program this year include WEI-YIN CHEN, CHRIS DAVIS, MIGUEL GONZALEZ, J.J. HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES, BRIAN MATUSZ, BUD NORRIS, TRAVIS SNIDER, CHRIS TILLMAN, and MATT WIETERS. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:
DATE ORGANIZATION GROUP SIZE PLAYER SPONSOR
Fri, April 24 Abbottston Elementary School #50 150 Brian Matusz
Sat, April 25 Christian Youth Athletics 150 Chris Davis
Sun, April 26 BCML Travel Baseball 150 Adam Jones
Mon, April 27 Arbutus Elementary School 150 Tommy Hunter
Tue, April 28 Sharp-Leadenhall Elementary School 150 Chris Tillman
Wed, April 29 School's Out Program at 150 Brian Matusz
Leith Walk Elementary School
Fri, May 1 Curtis Bay Elementary/ Middle School 150 Travis Snider
Sat, May 2 Foundation for Inner City Youth 150 Miguel Gonzalez
Sun, May 3 Hampstead Academy 150 Bud Norris
GIVEAWAYS AND TICKET OFFERS
DATE ITEM/OFFER SPONSOR ELIGIBILITY
Fri, April 24 Student Night AT&T Students with valid school ID
Sun, April 26 Little League Day Pre-registered Little Leaguers
Tue, April 28 Ollie's Bargain Night Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Upper Reserve seats $10
Fri, May 1 Student Night AT&T Students with valid school ID
Sat, May 2 Junior Orioles Dugout Club Day #1 Dugout Club members
Sun, May 3 Little League Day Pre-registered Little Leaguers
Orioles Wristlet PNC Bank First 10,000 females 15 & over