“Before baseball was invented there were no Ty Cobbs and Babe Ruths; now they appear in an apparently endless series. Before the Wright brothers made their flight there were no men skilled at aviation; now there are multitudes of highly competent experts.”
Our semi-annual baseball road trip to Hilton Baltimore and Camden Yards commenced in somewhat somber fashion as we left NJ listening to the press conference of popular Phillies manager Charilie Manuel being replaced with 3rd base coach Ryne Sandberg. Our hotel room four floors lower than last year’s did not afford us the full-on view of game action this time. No matter, as we enjoyed both the option of VIP lounge and snacks six floors up on eighteen, and, the stadium view balcony adjacent to the fitness center on four (shown below).
Night cap and a window seat at the eighteenth floor VIP lounge (below).
The next night saw a livelier Saturday game crowd enjoy a hit-filled victory over the Colorado Rockies on a warm, somewhat cloudy evening with a barely visible Moon. Though Oriole Park was one of the first of the modern day retro-style ballbarks, it fits in with the urban landscape in a way that makes it seem that games have been played there for centuries. And to take advantage of a hotel setting wherein the game is played right outside your door is plenty special.
On the way home, Sunday traffic slowed things up a bit, affording me the opportunity to snap a photo from the bridge over the Susquehanna River:
On the driver side window, opposite the river bridge view is this hillside farm way off in the distance. Heavily image edited, just for fun!: