Citywide curfew will change Os schedule
BALTIMORE—Following the postponement of the Orioles-White Sox game on Monday night for dangerous protests in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a citywide curfew of 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. for a week starting on Tuesday.
It’s unknown how the curfew, which comes while the city of Baltimore is in a state of emergency, will change the rest of the O’s series against Chicago and their games for later in the week. The Orioles have 7 p.m. ET games scheduled for both Tuesday and Wednesday along with a weekend set wit the Rays. Changing the start times or moving the venue of the games are two options being discussed.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday afternoon that he was trying to balance the outside events regarding Freddy Gray with keeping his team focused on the field.
“They had the funeral today, right?,” Showalter said. “I took a different route in today.”
The protests, which caused Camden Yards to close all but two gates on Monday, have been a hot topic of conversation among the players and coaching staff.
“Sure it is,” Showalter said. “But I don’t want to lessen it all so I’m very cautious about even talking about it. There’s so many things that go on that you get challenged with, obviously this is a different level. There’s not a lot of experience with it. So you try to take each moment as it comes and I know there were a lot of calls to some guys’ families about making sure they knew what was going on from a safety standpoint. But guys are watching it. They are all aware of what’s going on.”
The curfew includes all events but a medical emergency and people traveling to work and will continue until May 4 or it’s rescinded by Rawlings-Blake.
The protests, some of which have been peaceful, also have a planned protest for Gray on Saturday afternoon.