Odds and Ends
*Hospital Corpsman First Class Ingrid Cortez threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Camden Yards Friday night. Cortez, stationed aboard the USS Bataan, was named the U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s Fleet Sea Sailor of the Year. The appearance is part of Navy Week in Baltimore, which will take place August 28 to September 6.
*On Sunday, September 5, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony and throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Orioles take on the Rays in honor of the 15th anniversary of his milestone achievement on September 5 and 6, 1995, when Ripken tied and broke Lou Gehrig’s streak of consecutive games played when he took the field for the 2,131st consecutive time. Ripken went on to play 2,632 consecutive games before ending his streak on September 20, 1998.
*The Orioles will sell game-used baseballs at the OriolesREACH Community Booth located just inside Gate D at Camden Yards at each game this homestand. Sales begin in the top of the 6th inning and continue until the end of the game. Balls that saw action in that day’s game are $50 each. Baseballs that were used from Opening Day through the team’s most recent home game are on sale for $30 on a first-come, first-served basis. All proceeds from the sale of these baseballs benefit the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation.