The Orioles return home Monday, July 31, for a seven-game homestand featuring a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals and a four-game weekend series against the Detroit Tigers. The homestand will include the Casey Cares Foundation 5K Run/Walk at Oriole Park, two giveaway items featuring 2017 All-Star JONATHAN SCHOOP, and an Orioles Card Set presented by Topps. As always, students can enjoy a special discount on Friday nights, and children ages 4-14 can participate in the post-game Kids Run the Bases, presented by Weis Markets, following Sunday games throughout the year. The club will also host more than 1,000 children as part of the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program during the homestand.
For the second consecutive year, Orioles first baseman CHRIS DAVIS and his wife, JILL, will serve as race ambassadors for the eighth annual Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday, August 5, as the Orioles and OriolesREACH once again partner with the Casey Cares Foundation to host the race. The 3.1 mile run/one mile walk starts at 8:00 a.m., beginning at Oriole Park and ending on the field. Participants will enjoy a pre-race warm-up with the Oriole Bird, music, and other entertainment, as well as post-race refreshments. Top race winners will be announced in a pregame ceremony prior to that night's game against the Tigers. Additionally, TAMMY CONNER will be recognized as the Birdland Community Hero during Saturday's game for her volunteer work with the Casey Cares Foundation.
Registration for the race is open now, and both teams and individuals are encouraged to register at www.orioles.com/caseycares. Entry fees are $45 through Friday, August 4, or $50 per person on race day (cash or check only). Children 8 and under can register for $20. All proceeds will benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides personalized, uplifting, and ongoing programs with a special touch to critically-ill children and their family members throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Since moving to Oriole Park in 2013, the race has raised more than $413,000.
SUMMER OF SCHOOP
The summer of Schoop is in full swing as second baseman, American League Player of the Week (7/17-23), and 2017 All-Star JONATHAN SCHOOP continues to shine. The Orioles will celebrate Schoop's successes with two upcoming giveaways. First, on Tuesday, August 1, all fans will receive a Jonathan Schoop T-Shirt prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Royals. That same evening, Schoop will accept his AL Player of the Week Award from Orioles Executive Vice President DAN DUQUETTE in a special pregame ceremony.
On Saturday, August 5, the first 25,000 fans 15 and over will receive a Jonathan Schoop Bobblehead presented by Ocean City, Maryland prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Tigers. Additionally, Schoop will be featured on the cover of the third edition of Orioles Magazine including the numbered, limited edition version on sale only at Oriole Park. The regular edition costs $5 and the limited edition costs $10. Subscriptions to the regular editions of Orioles Magazine are available at www.orioles.com/OsMagazine.
BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HEROES PROGRAM
Through the Birdland Community Heroes Program, the Orioles recognize community heroes who have inspired others through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope, and harmony. This recognition honors the heroism of members of our extended Orioles community from all walks of life, occupations, and diverse backgrounds living in our region, our country, and abroad, who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect, and improve the lives of others, around the corner or around the globe, who are most in need.
The Orioles recognize local Birdland Community Heroes at Oriole Park during every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday home game.
· AUGUST 4 - MEGAN DAVIS; for providing a caring and safe home for foster children through KidsPeace. Davis is a foster parent who offers safety and stability to the children placed in her home and makes every effort to ensure that the youth placed with her are involved and accepted. She has formed a strong, supportive system that has been central in assisting in the positive progression for the children placed with her.
· AUGUST 5 - TAMMY CONNER; for devoting her time to helping critically-ill children and their families through the Casey Cares Foundation. Conner spends many hours each week assisting with a variety of duties including patient applications, mailings for events and donations, and preparations for the annual Gala, Golf Tournament, and 5K race. She has volunteered more than 2,000 hours of service over the past four years.
· AUGUST 6 - TBA
MONDAY, JULY 31
JUNIOR ORIOLES DUGOUT CLUB GAME
Thousands of children who participate in the Junior Orioles Dugout Club will be in attendance on Tuesday to root for the Orioles. The game will be the fourth of the season for Slugger Plan members. Kids ages 14 and under who join the Club receive a membership card, a lanyard and ticket holder, a subscription to Orioles Kids magazine, an Orioles cap, sport socks, tickets to six pre-selected Orioles games, all in a Dugout Club backpack. Friends and family members of Dugout Club members can purchase tickets on Dugout Club days for as low as $6 each. Both the Ace Plan and the Slugger Plans are sold out for this season.
ORIOLES 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 July 31, former Orioles BRIAN BASS, AL BUMBRY, and AARON RAKERS will sign autographs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the autograph location will take place on the Lower Level Concourse near the Fan Assistance Center behind home plate.
10,000th HOME RUN CONTEST PRESENTED BY WGL ENERGY
As the Orioles approach an important home run milestone, the club is encouraging fans to predict who will hit the 10,000th regular season home run in Orioles history (since 1954) for a chance to win unique prizes in the 10,000th Home Run Contest presented by WGL Energy. To date, the Orioles have hit 9,988 regular season home runs in club history, just 12 homers shy of the milestone. To enter the contest, fans should guess the player who will hit the 10,000th regular season home run in team history, as well as the inning and number of men on base at the time. Every fan who votes for the correct player will automatically win two tickets to a 2017 Orioles home game. One fan who correctly selects the player and accurately predicts or comes closest to predicting the correct inning and number of men on base will be treated to an Orioles VIP experience including four tickets, parking, pregame on-field passes, and an autographed jersey from the Orioles player who hits the historic home run. Fans are encouraged to visit www.orioles.com/homerun to cast their vote and share their predictions on social media platforms using #OsHR10000.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
SCHOOP T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY
The Orioles will celebrate JONATHAN SCHOOP's successes when all fans receive a Jonathan Schoop T-Shirt prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Royals on Tuesday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK CEREMONY
The same evening as his T-Shirt giveaway, JONATHAN SCHOOP will accept his American League Player of the Week Award from Orioles Executive Vice President DAN DUQUETTE in a special pregame ceremony.
ADAM JONES TO RECEIVE THE HEART AND HUSTLE AWARD
Orioles center fielder ADAM JONES will be presented with the Orioles' 2017 Heart and Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) prior to Tuesday night's game. This esteemed award is voted on by Alumni players to honor active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game. This will be Jones' fifth time receiving the award, which he also won in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
MLB FIGHT ALS
On August 1, Major League Baseball will launch MLB Fight ALS, a league-wide initiative to raise funds and awareness for The ALS Association's new Home Health Initiative honoring Pete Frates. A former Boston College baseball team captain, Frates has been battling ALS for more than five years, and helped to inspire the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In partnership with all 30 clubs, MLB will utilize the crowdfunding platform, YouCaring, to raise money for the Home Health Initiative's "MLB Fight ALS" campaign. MLB will also donate a gift of $50,000 to the cause. Donors who give more than $50 from August 1-5 will be entered to win two tickets to a 2017 World Series game.
P.L.A.Y. CLINIC AT ORIOLE PARK
On Tuesday, Orioles pitcher DONNIE HART, Orioles Head Athletic Trainer RICHIE BANCELLS, and members of the Orioles athletic training staff will welcome 100 youth from Baltimore City Public Schools to Oriole Park to speak to them about making smart life choices, avoiding drugs, and living an active and healthy lifestyle as part of the annual P.L.A.Y. Campaign. Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (P.L.A.Y.) is a public awareness campaign through the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), in conjunction with the Taylor Hooton Foundation. The P.L.A.Y. campaign combats childhood obesity and promotes healthy living and decision-making among young people throughout the country. PBATS recently entered into a partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation and the National Down Syndrome Society to help bring awareness about the importance of the inclusion of kids with disabilities and Down Syndrome in sports and everyday life. As part of this partnership, the Orioles will be welcoming a dozen young people with Down Syndrome to participate. The Orioles will provide P.L.A.Y. clinic participants with tickets to attend that evening's 7:05 p.m. game against the Royals.
KIDSPEACE VISIT WITH BUCK & ANGELA SHOWALTER
In partnership with manager BUCK SHOWALTER and his wife, ANGELA, the Orioles will once again team up with KidsPeace, inviting them to hold a silent auction on the concourse during Tuesday's game against the Royals. The auction will feature signed memorabilia from current Orioles players. Additionally, United Concordia Dental has partnered with the Orioles to support KidsPeace and to help provide emotional and physical health care and education services to youth enrolled in KidsPeace services. United Concordia Dental will also present a check for $10,000 to KidsPeace during a pregame ceremony. KidsPeace is a nonprofit organization that provides mental and behavioral health care for disadvantaged, challenged, and vulnerable youth in Maryland. The eighth annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk will take place at Oriole Park on Saturday, October 28. For more information on KidsPeace, visit www.orioles.com/KidsPeace.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2
CHRIS & JILL DAVIS TO RECOGNIZE THE WINNER OF CRUSH'S HOMERS FOR HEARTS
During a pregame ceremony on Wednesday, the Orioles, along with CHRIS and JILL DAVIS, will honor DUSTIN HERBERT, the winner of the recent "Crush's Homers for Hearts," a charity home run derby event held at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 13 and benefitting the Pediatric Heart Program of the University of Maryland Children's Hospital (UMCH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center. Dr. STEVEN CZINN, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Director, University of Maryland Children's Hospital, will also take part in the ceremony. The event raised nearly $100,000 for the UMCH Pediatric Heart program.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3
USO CHECK PRESENTATION WITH DARREN & ELIZABETH O'DAY
During a pregame ceremony on Thursday, August 3, the Orioles Charitable Foundation along with Orioles pitcher DARREN O'DAY and his wife, ELIZABETH, will present a check for over $22,000 to the United Service Organization (USO) from proceeds raised through the online auction of the Fourth of July jerseys and caps, and a silent auction that featured players favorite things baskets, and many one of-a-kind autographed items provided by Orioles players. Net proceeds of the auctions will directly support USO programs for deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill, and injured troops and their caregivers, and families of the fallen. In advance of the ceremony, Darren will take part in a meet and greet with 50 service members from the USO.
ORIOLES 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 August 3, former Orioles JACKIE BRANDT, CALVIN MADURO, and BILL SWAGGERTY will sign autographs from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the autograph location will take place on the Lower Level Concourse near the Fan Assistance Center behind home plate.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
Friday nights are Student Nights at Oriole Park. Any student with a valid ID may purchase a Left Field Upper Reserve ticket for only $7 at every Friday home game during the 2017 regular season. Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office ticket windows at Oriole Park in advance or on the day of the game, subject to availability.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5
SUMMER OF SCHOOP CONTINUES
On Saturday, August 5, the first 25,000 fans 15 and over will receive a Jonathan Schoop Bobblehead presented by Ocean City, Maryland prior to the 7:05 p.m. The bobblehead features the All-Star in an Orioles orange uniform, ball in hand, ready to turn a double play.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
ORIOLES CARD SET
Prior to the 1:35 p.m. game against the Tigers, all fans will receive an Orioles Card Set presented by Topps.
KIDS RUN THE BASES PRESENTED BY WEIS MARKETS
Sundays are family days at the ballpark, when all fans ages 4-14 will be able to participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases, presented by Weis Markets. This is the eighth of 13 Sunday home games when kids can round the bases like their favorite Orioles.
JUNIOR ORIOLES DUGOUT CLUB GAME
Thousands of children who participate in the Junior Orioles Dugout Club will be in attendance on Sunday to root for the Orioles. The game will be the fifth of the season for Ace Plan members. Kids ages 14 and under who join the Club receive a membership card, a lanyard and ticket holder, a subscription to Orioles Kids magazine, an Orioles cap, sport socks, tickets to six pre-selected Orioles games, all in a Dugout Club backpack. Friends and family members of Dugout Club members can purchase tickets on Dugout Club days for as low as $6 each. Both the Ace Plan and the Slugger Plans are sold out for this season.
MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM
As part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Program, the Orioles and OriolesREACH donate a catered, private suite at each Sunday home game to servicemen and women. This Sunday, military members from Team Red White and Blue will enjoy the game in a suite, experience a meet-and-greet with ZACH BRITTON and CHRIS TILLMAN, and receive a T-Shirt and cap.
STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY
The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest during every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest challenges a young fan to race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base and back. Fans can enter the contest at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day's game, an Orioles/ESSKAY jersey T-shirt and an Orioles cap. The contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. The participant for Sunday is GRAHAM DOPKIN, a 7-year-old from Baltimore.
Junior Orioles Dugout Club (Slugger Plan)
Slugger plan members
Jonathan Schoop T-Shirt
Any student with a valid ID
Jonathan Schoop Bobblehead presented by Ocean City, Maryland
First 25,000 fans 15 and over
Orioles Card Set presented by Topps
Junior Orioles Dugout Club (Ace Plan)
Kids Run the Bases (postgame) presented by Weis Markets
Ace plan members
All fans ages 4-14