Os announce OD plans
Per a team release
ORIOLES ANNOUNCE 2011 OPENING DAY PLANS
The Orioles have announced plans for the first home game of their 58th season and their 20th year at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The team will face the Detroit Tigers on Monday, April 4, at 3:05 p.m.
PRE-GAME FUN AROUND THE YARD
To allow fans the opportunity to experience the excitement of Opening Day, the entire ballpark will open at noon on Monday. Each fan will receive a 2011 schedule/car magnet, courtesy of Brothers Services Company, at the gates. Roving musical groups will entertain fans on Eutaw Street and the main concourses.
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 2:30 p.m., when pre-game ceremonies will begin. MASN personality JIM HUNTER will serve as emcee for the pre-game festivities.
In a continuation of the Opening Day tradition, Orioles players and coaches will be introduced prior to the game. Orioles players will run through the center field gate on an orange carpet and take their places between first base and second base. Manager BUCK SHOWALTER, coaches and staff will be introduced from the Orioles dugout. Members of the Tigers will be announced and will run from their dugout to line up between second base and third base.
OriolesREACH has arranged for 90 children from the Maryland National Guard Child & Youth Program to line the orange carpet holding Orioles flags during player introductions. The Maryland National Guard Child & Youth Program works towards the goal of meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of military children.
For the 18th straight season, one fan will be chosen to represent all Orioles fans as the team’s “10th man”. The fan will be introduced as a part of the Orioles starting lineup during the pre-game ceremonies.
Hall of Fame Orioles Manager EARL WEAVER will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, which will be caught by current skipper BUCK SHOWALTER, prior to the game. Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, Weaver managed the Orioles for 17 seasons, compiling a .583 winning percentage and piloting the team to their second World Series Championship in 1970.
NATIONAL ANTHEM & GOD BLESS AMERICA
American tenor Richard Troxell will perform the National Anthem. Troxell, a native of Thurmont, Maryland, has an extensive resume of film and theater performance experience both in the United States and abroad. Troxell will also sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. This year marks the eighth time he has performed the National Anthem on Orioles Opening Day.
During the anthem, a 30’x 42’ American flag from Fort McHenry will be unfurled over the batter’s eye wall in center field. The flag is a replica of the one that flew over Fort McHenry when Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem.
Colors will be presented by the United States Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington and by the Combined Honor Guard Team of the Baltimore City Police and Fire Departments.The anthem will culminate with a flyover by the 104th Fighter Squadron from the Maryland Air National Guard.