First Time in History: Orioles to Play Inside Empty Stadium


baltimore-police2With a scheduling quandary at hand and the potential for more unrest in Baltimore, the Orioles and Major League Baseball announced extreme measures:

Playing a game in front of no fans, and moving three more games out of the city.

MLB announced on Tuesday afternoon that the Orioles-White Sox game scheduled for Wednesday will be played at 2 p.m. ET at Camden Yards – but the game is closed to the public.

In addition, a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays will be moved to Tropicana Field in St. Peterburg, Fla. – although the Orioles will be designated the home team.

Monday and Tuesday’s postponed games will be made up as part of a twi-night doubleheader at Camden Yards on May 28.

All six games were thrown into flux after civil unrest related to the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. It was further complicated when Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposed a curfew that lasts through the weekend.


{ Newscenter}


  1. why is this relevant to Matzav readers. though i may be a big Orioles fan, i do not expect to find this type of news on Matzav.

  2. If you would be treated the way the avg. urban black male is by ‘egalitarian’ society ,then if you would have any self esteem You ought to be out there rioting

  3. @cohen

    I hate to say that they kind of bring it upon themselves. Yes, maybe there are more than a few racists in this country, BUT: listen to this twisted reasoning: Many people say that the reason many blacks are so violent and steal and everything is because society has stereotyped them to be that way. Well, there’s a stereotype about Jews that they’re money-grabbers and greedy and cheating… would YOU cheat on your taxes and cheat businessmen because the world says that your group of people cheat?! I sure hope not. YOU make YOURSELF steal. YOU make YOURSELF be violent. You can’t put it on anyone else, no matter how many stereotypes there may be.
    Now, if you walk down the street and see a group of white teenagers on one side and a group of black teenagers on the other side, be honest with yourself: which group would you be more afraid of? People feel that way for a reason.
    You might say that they resort to violence and stealing because they have little opportunity in the areas of education and jobs – after all, we have a stereotype of them that sometimes may prevent us from accepting them to our institutions and often may make us wary to hire them… But as I said before, nothing, no matter how society looks at you, justifies doing bad, crazy things. And by the way, rioting wildly and smashing police car windows is not the best way to make society change its mind and decide that actually, you’re not violent at all. They are in effect reinforcing the stereotype.
    I could be totally off the mark, but I think all this is something to think about. (And by the way, I’m the one among my peers who speaks out when a racist joke is said, etc. I am by no means against the blacks; I’m just pointing out some things.)