In celebration of MLB’s annual Play Ball Weekend, the Orioles will host a variety of clinics, events, and ceremonies to teach baseball fundamentals, and to celebrate the many ways in which youth baseball and softball offer valuable life lessons. Orioles players will wear Play Ball t-shirts during batting practice throughout the weekend and pregame on Sunday during the Youth Baseball & Softball Day Parade presented by Nike. For detailed information on each event, visit Orioles.com/playball.
FRIDAY, MAY 3
FUN AT BAT
The Orioles will host a Fun At Bat event for Cherry Hill Elementary School students with Orioles infielder RIO RUIZ and the Oriole Bird from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. A USA Baseball youth initiative supported by MLB and launched in Baltimore City Public Schools in 2018, Fun At Bat is a bat-and-ball program for children created for use in elementary school physical education classes. With help from teachers and staff, Ruiz will lead students through Fun At Bat activities that promote fun and active lifestyles and encourage valuable character traits such as leadership, honesty, and teamwork.
PLAYBALL AUTOGRAPH EXCHANGE
The Orioles will host five girls baseball players from Roland Park Baseball League to participate in an autograph exchange with their favorite Orioles players as part of a special pregame ceremony. The Orioles will donate 100 tickets for that evening’s game to all girls baseball players within the Roland Park Little League program, as well as their coaches, and families.
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 tequila soaked oak chips will be available. A complete schedule of beers is available at Orioles.com/food.
PREGAME CEREMONY: Towson Women’s Basketball
During a special pregame ceremony, the Orioles will honor the 2018-19 Towson University women’s basketball team who became the first team in program history to appear in the NCAA tournament. The Tigers, who also won its first Colonial Athletic Association tournament title in March, fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HERO: Quinn Hren
As part of MLB’s annual Play Ball Weekend, President of the South Baltimore Little League, QUINN HREN, will be recognized as Friday’s Birdland Community Hero for her continued efforts to ensure recreational baseball is accessible to children ages 4-12 in South Baltimore. A volunteer with the South Baltimore Little League for over 27 years, Hren has also served on the Board of Directors and as President for 13 years. Her efforts have an impact on more than 300 children and 200 families each year, and throughout her years of service, over 5,000 children. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will also make a $2,500 donation to South Baltimore Little League in support of the Birdland Community Heroes program.
SATURDAY, MAY 4
STAR WARS™ NIGHT
May the ‘fourth’ be with you as the Orioles celebrate Star Wars™ Night. The first 20,000 fans 15 and over will receive a BB-8 Beanie. Fans who purchase the Star Wars Night ticket package will have access to an exclusive bullpen pregame party, a game ticket in the left field lower box, and a limited-edition Trey & BB-8 Bobblehead featuring Orioles infielder/outfielder TREY MANCINI. One lucky fan from the pregame party will be chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. All fans in attendance will enjoy Star Wars music and video elements throughout the game.
FORT MEADE CLINIC
The Orioles will conduct an MLB “Play Ball” Activation clinic for over 100 Fort Meade youth baseball and softball players from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Fort George G. Meade. Orioles infielder/outfielder STEVIE WILKERSON, as well as Orioles alumni LARRY BIGBIE, KEN DIXON, and LARRY SHEETS will join Fort Meade youth baseball coaches to teach baseball fundamentals with a focus on base running, fielding, hitting, and throwing, while also encouraging discipline, leadership, good sportsmanship, and other important team-oriented values. The Orioles will provide each participant with Orioles gear and tickets to a future Orioles home game.
ORIOLES RBI CLINIC
The Orioles will conduct a clinic for over 300 inner city youth baseball and softball players, mainly from the Baltimore Orioles Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program, at Roosevelt Park in partnership with Baltimore City Recreation & Parks. Orioles pitcher MYCHAL GIVENS and infielder RICHIE MARTIN, along with Orioles alumni AL BUMBRY and RICK KRIVDA, will help teach baseball fundamentals to the participants, while also focusing on the values of commitment, accountability, and inclusiveness. In addition, Bowie State University softball coaches and players will assist with conducting the softball portion of the clinic. Volunteers from Orioles RBI sponsor T. Rowe Price will assist in the clinic and hand out drawstring bags to the participants.
PRESENTATION OF ORIOLES CAP FLOWN ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
On Saturday as part of a pregame ceremony, U.S. Astronaut RICKY ARNOLD, a lifelong Orioles fan and native of Cheverly, Md., will present the team with an Orioles cap that he flew on the International Space Station (ISS). Last year, Arnold had the chance to chat with Orioles players and coaches while he served on NASA Expedition 56 aboard the ISS.
BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HERO: Donald V. Fletcher, Jr.
On Saturday, Battalion Fire Chief DONALD V. FLETCHER, JR. from Prince George’s County Fire Department will be recognized as the Birdland Community Hero for his acts of heroism and dedication to helping the community. A firefighter for 14 years, Fletcher was awarded a bronze medal of valor for rescuing a trapped firefighter and a unit citation for rescuing a trapped father and son from a house fire. In February of this year while off duty, Fletcher put his life on the line to rescue a man from a burning car. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will also make a $2,500 donation to Prince George’s County Fire Department in support of the Birdland Community Heroes program. Fletcher was nominated for the recognition by Orioles infielder CHRIS DAVIS.
SUNDAY, MAY 5
YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL DAY PRESENTED BY NIKE
The Orioles will wrap up Play Ball Weekend on Sunday with the annual Youth Baseball and Softball Day presented by Nike. More than 10,000 pre-registered youth baseball and softball players will participate in a pregame parade around the warning track and be greeted by Orioles players as they walk by the dugout. Additionally, a randomly-selected youth baseball or softball player will announce “Play Ball” in celebration of Play Ball Weekend at Oriole Park.
BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HERO: Andre Brown
As part of the Orioles continued celebration of MLB’s annual Play Ball Weekend, ANDRE BROWN, Gardenville Baseball League Commissioner and Orioles 16-18 RBI Coach, will be recognized as Sunday’s Birdland Community Hero. Brown has been involved with the Gardenville Baseball League for the last 16 years, and has had a prominent impact on over 500 players, parents, and colleagues throughout his coaching career. Brown and his coaching staff led the 2017 Senior Orioles RBI Baseball Division team to the World Series in Cincinnati, after winning the RBI Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament in Philadelphia. In 2015, Brown was recognized by the City of Baltimore for his outstanding community service efforts. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will also make a $2,500 donation to Fusion Partnership, an organization that works to be a catalyst for social justice and peace, in support of the Birdland Community Heroes program.
MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM
Military members from Maryland Army National Guard 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, presented by GEICO.
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.