Throughout the weekend, the Baltimore Orioles will join Major League Baseball in celebrating the third annual Players’ Weekend, a league-wide initiative that encourages players to showcase their personalities and passions, through nicknames and personalized aspects of their uniforms.
The Orioles will wear specially-designed, monochromatic, all-black uniforms throughout the weekend, complete with each player or coach’s chosen nickname. Players also have the option to customize cleats, bats, and batting gloves throughout the weekend. Game-worn jerseys and helmets will be authenticated and auctioned at MLB.com/auctions with proceeds benefitting the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, which aims to improve the caliber and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada.
Also as part of Players’ Weekend, players and coaches will wear t-shirts representing their favorite charities during batting practice. Fans will enjoy player-picked music pregame and in-game throughout the weekend. Several player-created signature food items will be available for purchase at various locations at Oriole Park, including items chosen by MIGUEL CASTRO, PAUL FRY, TREY MANCINI, JOHN MEANS, and ANTHONY SANTANDER.
Every day this weekend, the Orioles will offer complimentary Chick-fil-A kids meal vouchers, which includes a small French fry, on behalf of PAUL FRY (PAPA FRITA) and in celebration of Players’ Weekend. Fans can pick up a voucher on Eutaw Street inside Gate H from the time gates open until the end of the third inning, while supplies last.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
GIVENS BACK FOUNDATION: BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUT
The Givens Back Foundation, led by MYCHAL GIVENS, will host students from the Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys and the Orioles RBI program for free back-to-school haircuts and dinner at the ballpark on Friday. The Orioles are also providing each student with a backpack and ticket to that night’s game.
FRIDAY FIREWORKS & WOMEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC
The Friday Fireworks & Women of Country Music series takes place every Friday from June through August, headlining emerging female artists in partnership with Change the Conversation, a nonprofit organization advocating for women’s equality in the music industry. The Orioles invite fans to enjoy performances from emerging artists after the game followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
In the final Friday Fireworks & Women of Country Music series this season, the Orioles will feature a performance by RUTHIE COLLINS. Another member of CMT's Next Women of Country, Collins has gained critical acclaim from Rolling Stone_, _The Los Angeles Times_, and more since releasing her first full-length album _Get Drunk and Cry in 2018.
Friday Fireworks & Women of Country Music is part of the Orioles’ yearlong celebration of women’s equality and girls’ empowerment. Each date, the artists will also sign autographs and meet fans at the National Woman’s Party’s Standing Together exhibit on the lower concourse behind home plate during the fourth inning.
VOTER REGISTRATION AT ORIOLE PARK
As part of the club’s effort to encourage participation in our democracy, during every Friday home game, voter registration booths will be present at the National Woman’s Party’s Standing Together exhibit in the lower concourse behind home plate.
PLAYERS’ WEEKEND FOOD ITEMS
On Friday, signature food items chosen by PAUL FRY (PAPA FRITA) and TREY MANCINI (BOOMER) will be available. Fry’s selection of chili cheese curly fries can be found at each Baseline Burger stand throughout the ballpark. Fans can also enjoy Mancini’s Italian sausage topped with Mancini Peppers, a company created by Trey’s great-grandfather in 1922 and now run by his uncle, available at each Roma Sausage location throughout the ballpark.
BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HEROES: EDWIN AVENT
The Orioles will recognize EDWIN AVENT, as Friday’s Birdland Community Hero. For over 28 years, Avent has served the Baltimore community as a leader through education, mentoring, scouting, and scholarship grants to boys in the city. In 1991, he co-founded Black Professional Men, Inc., a nonprofit organization that utilizes local professionals to become mentors to the young men of Baltimore. He also serves as one of the founding board members and the Chairman of the Board of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a charter school in Baltimore that enrolls fourth to eighth grade boys with aspirations of attending college. Students from the school will be attending the Givens Back Foundation’s back-to-school haircut event earlier in the day with MYCHAL GIVENS. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will make a $2,500 donation to Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys – Five Smooth Stones Foundation in support of the Birdland Community Heroes program.
FIRKIN FRIDAYS AT FLYING DOG TAP HOUSE
Every Friday throughout the season, the Flying Dog Tap House, located on the first base side of the lower concourse, will host Firkin Fridays and tap a new cask for a different beer each week. This Friday, Belgian IPA with Ginger and will be available. A complete schedule of Firkin Friday beers is available at Orioles.com/food.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
PLAYERS’ WEEKEND FOOD ITEMS
On Saturday, signature food items by MIGUEL CASTRO (VILLA HERMOSA) and JOHN MEANS (MEANSY) will be available. In an ode to his home in the Dominican Republic and his neighborhood and Players’ Weekend nickname, Villa Hermosa, Castro has chosen Dominican style chicken and rice with red beans and salad. This item will be available at all Charm City Chicken Shack stands. Fans can also enjoy Means’ choice of burnt ends barbecue with macaroni and cheese, inspired by his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., available at all Baseline Burger stands.
SATURDAY ROOF DECK SESSION: EMMA ZINCK
Saturday’s session will feature a pregame performance by singer-songwriter, EMMA ZINCK. The Fredericksburg, Va. native moved to Nashville at the age of 19 and has been pursuing her dream of being a songwriter and artist. She currently plays music full-time, while recording in the studio with Grammy Award winning producer Blake Chancey, who produced records for the Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry, and Waylon Jennings. The performance will be broadcast throughout the ballpark, and fans will also be able to access the Budweiser Roof Deck with any game ticket on a first-come, first-served basis. Special $3 happy hour pricing on Bud and Bud Light will be available exclusively on the Budweiser Roof Deck from the time gates open until the scheduled first pitch.
BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HERO: ZOE LASHLEY
The Orioles will recognize 10-year-old ZOE LASHLEY, Artist and CEO of The Rep, as Saturday’s Birdland Community Hero. After winning first place in the 2019 Biz Kidz Shark Tank Business competition, Lashley launched The Rep, and has since been a beacon of inspiration donating proceeds from her business to local art related programs at MICA and BMA that benefit young aspiring artists. Lashley is also an active member of her neighborhood community arts center, 901 Arts. After her first art sale, Lashley decided to give a portion of her proceeds back to a scholarship at 901 Arts, so that another child in need could attend an art camp this summer, just like she did. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will make a $2,500 donation to 901 Arts in support of the Birdland Community Heroes program. Lashley will be available to speak with media at approximately 6:15 p.m. ET on the warning track.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
PLAYERS’ WEEKEND FOOD ITEMS
On the final day of Players’ Weekend, fans signature food items chosen by JOHN MEANS (MEANSY) and ANTHONY SANTANDER (AGUA BLANCA) will be available. Fans can enjoy Means’ burnt ends barbecue and macaroni and cheese, available at all Baseline Burger stands. Fans will also be able to experience a taste of Venezuela with Santander’s choice of traditional Venezuelan arepas (beef or pork) with queso fresco and fried cheese, located at the Corona Street Tacos and Ole Mole stands.
CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH: Derek Waters
The Orioles will welcome Baltimore-native DEREK WATERS, the host, co-creator, and director of the Comedy Central Emmy Award-winning series, “Drunk History,” to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. As an actor, Waters' credits include the Farrelly Brothers' comedy “Hall Pass,” Christopher Guests' “For Your Consideration,” a recurring role on the ABC sitcom “Suburgatory,” and guest starring roles on “New Girl,” “Maron,” “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “The Middle.”
STRIKE OUT STIGMA
The Orioles have joined forces with the Maryland Health Department’s Behavioral Health Administration to raise awareness of those in recovery from substance abuse and to eliminate the stigma associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Resources will be available on the concourse near Home Plate Fan Assistance and on Eutaw Street near Gate H, for fans that are in need of help or have a friend or family member in crisis. The Orioles will also provide a designated alcohol-free section of the ballpark for Sunday’s game. Fans interested in purchasing tickets in one of these sections can visit Orioles.com/strikeoutstigma.
BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HERO: SEAN AUGUSTUS
The Orioles will recognize SEAN AUGUSTUS, the Admissions Director and Administrative Supervisor at University Psychological Center, Inc. – Recovery Network as Sunday’s Birdland Community Hero. As an integrated behavioral health program, UPC has offered substance abuse and mental health services to the Baltimore-Washington area since 1976. Augustus orginally entered as a patient and throughout the past nine years worked to become a peer advocate, a substance abuse counselor/peer, and currently serves as Admissions Director. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will make a $2,500 donation to UPC – Recovery Network in support of the Birdland Community Heroes program.
MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM
Military members from Team Red, White & Blue will enjoy the game in a suite, experience a meet-and-greet with players, and receive a T-Shirt and cap as part of the Orioles’ Military Appreciation Sunday Suite Program.
KIDS RUN THE BASES
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.