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Thome25
07-30-2006, 08:05 AM
I was at the game yesterday,7/29 and we absolutely took over Camden Yards. Everywhere I looked there was another Sox fan. I literally couldn't go two feet without seeing another Sox fan.

I passed by this Orioles fan on the concourse. She looked at me (I was wearing my road gray jersey and BP cap.) and I overheard her tell her husband/boyfriend "Wow there's alot of Sox fans here today!!"

Then there was the chant "Let's Go White Sox". It started in the 7-run 3rd inning and was on and off throughout the rest of the game. It wasn't quiet either. Some of the Orioles fans even started to take notice and tried to drown it out by chanting "Let's go Orioles".

It just gave me yet another reason to be proud to be a Sox fan. The fact that a good portion of the Sox Army would come out and support our team like that is awesome. These guys deserve it.

Since I moved away from Chicago I haven't been to a Sox game in a while and with all of the Sox fans there it almost made me feel like I was at "US Cellular Field East".

I've never been to an opposing team's ballpark before so I didn't know what to expect. I thought maybe I'd stand out like a sore thumb. I was wrong. I was pleasantly surprised as well.

cbone
07-30-2006, 08:30 AM
That's awesome. I have been to several away games and am always surprised at the amount of fans there.

Frankly Missing
07-30-2006, 08:37 AM
I've made the trek to Camden Yards for the Sox series every year since 2001. I even lived in Baltimore for a year, and have found Oriole fans to be very friendly and gracious.

White Sox fans never made more than a fair showing until this year, and I agree it is more fun when more fans come to support the team.

But to be honest, I cringed when I heard the chant start up. Oriole fans have had to suffer the same chant for years from New York and Boston fans who infest their beautiful stadium for a good percent of the O's home games.

TRust me, they are sick sick sick of hearing that chant. They want to stand up and scream SHUT UP ALREADY AND WATCH THE FRIGGIN GAME!

Thome25
07-30-2006, 08:40 AM
I've made the trek to Camden Yards for the Sox series every year since 2001. I even lived in Baltimore for a year, and have found Oriole fans to be very friendly and gracious.

White Sox fans never made more than a fair showing until this year, and I agree it is more fun when more fans come to support the team.

But to be honest, I cringed when I heard the chant start up. Oriole fans have had to suffer the same chant for years from New York and Boston fans who infest their beautiful stadium for a good percent of the O's home games.

TRust me, they are sick sick sick of hearing that chant. They want to stand up and scream SHUT UP ALREADY AND WATCH THE FRIGGIN GAME!

I thought the chant was fun. All of the Orioles fans around me were very gracious about it and some of them were even laughing about it. It was all in good fun and I believe that there was no hard feelings at all.

Frankly Missing
07-30-2006, 08:49 AM
Go to a Yankee/O's game at Camden Yards, The chant "Lets Go Yankees" is LOUD and constant for the entire game. Let me know how charming you think it is after that.

Thome25
07-30-2006, 08:58 AM
Go to a Yankee/O's game at Camden Yards, The chant "Lets Go Yankees" is LOUD and constant for the entire game. Let me know how charming you think it is after that.

I don't know about the Yankees/O's games and I can't speak for them because I haven't been to one.

What I can speak for is the fun I had at the game yesterday. The O's fans didn't seem to mind. There was nothing but some fun, good-natured ribbing between the two groups of fans. None of the Orioles fans that I saw took the chanting hard at all.

I am proud to be a Sox fan especially because we as fans showed so much support for our team in an opposing teams ballpark.

If O's fans are so worried about the chanting by other team's fans, then how about THEY show up for a game so the other teams fans don't have as much of a chance at getting in?

Pequod
07-30-2006, 09:44 AM
I was at the game yesterday as well, and was also amazed by the number of Sox fans present. My section had to have been at least 1/3 Sox. The "Lets go White Sox" chants were pretty incredible, and I felt they were pretty much taken in stride by the O's fans. More than anything I think they were just surprised at the strong Sox contingent there.

HOWEVER, I will say that there were moments where I cringed as well -- a few isolated incidents of Sox fans rubbing it in to the home crowd. Loud, obnoxious, and combative. Could've done without those.

viagracat
07-30-2006, 10:31 AM
I guess this is slightly off-topic, but I will say Camden Yards is the prettiest and best ballpark I've ever been to. I was there about seven years ago. Just gorgeous.

Thome25
07-30-2006, 10:40 AM
I guess this is slightly off-topic, but I will say Camden Yards is the prettiest and best ballpark I've ever been to. I was there about seven years ago. Just gorgeous.

I'd have to say the opposite. I know everyone loves Camden Yards and says it's the best new ballpark of the 1990's but personally I didn't like it.

I didn't like how awkward and lopsided it was. The thing I really didn't like about it was how monstrous it was. A ballpark shouldn't be that massive. Also, one of the other reasons I didn't like it was that you couldn't see the field from the main concourse like at The Cell.

I didn't like the scoreboard layout either. The one in RF takes up too big of a portion of the field and leaves virtually no seating in that area.

My fiance and I tried to walk from RF to our seats along the 3rd base line. we were walking toward CF and all of a sudden there was a dead end.

SOXintheBURGH
07-30-2006, 10:50 AM
CAMDEN YARDS IS NOT A BASEBALL STADIUM. Camden Yards is a district of Baltimore that was a primary railroad hub.

The Baltimore Orioles play at Oriole Park.

Oriole Park:Camden Yards::US Cellular Field:Bridgeport.

ChiSoxFan7
07-30-2006, 10:58 AM
CAMDEN YARDS IS NOT A BASEBALL STADIUM. Camden Yards is a district of Baltimore that was a primary railroad hub.

The Baltimore Orioles play at Oriole Park.

Oriole Park:Camden Yards::US Cellular Field:Bridgeport.

learn something new everday.

viagracat
07-30-2006, 11:01 AM
learn something new everday.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I think, is the official name of the place; no?

SOXintheBURGH
07-30-2006, 11:03 AM
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I think, is the official name of the place; no?

Yes sir, that would be it.

That said, its easily the most beautiful place to see a game in the American League, second only to PNC Park. I lived in Baltimore last year and caught probably 20 games there, I loved it. Loved it.

Thome25
07-30-2006, 11:22 AM
CAMDEN YARDS IS NOT A BASEBALL STADIUM. Camden Yards is a district of Baltimore that was a primary railroad hub.

The Baltimore Orioles play at Oriole Park.

Oriole Park:Camden Yards::US Cellular Field:Bridgeport.

Sorry but your wrong. The State Of Maryland which was chipping in a ton of money, wanted to name the place Camden Yards because that was the name of the train yards that were adjacent to the current ballpark.

The owner of the Orioles at the time wanted to name the ballpark Oriole park so they compromised and named it Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

In Maryland, It goes by both names or sometimes one or the other. My fiance is a shotglass collector and bought one yesterday that said "Camden Yards" inside the ballpark.

Edit:What is adjacent to The Cell? Armour Square Park.The equivalent would be US Cellular Field at Armour Square Park. Or the Dan Ryan. US Cellular Field at The Dan Ryan.

wassagstdu
07-30-2006, 01:05 PM
Its easily the most beautiful place to see a game in the American League, second only to PNC Park. I lived in Baltimore last year and caught probably 20 games there, I loved it. Loved it.
It is pleasant enough, but it is not in the same class as US Cellular Field. There are lots of places to go if you don't want to watch the game, but then why go to the ballpark? And the short right field wall is an abomination. They were trying to pay homage to the green monster in Boston, but didn't understand what a huge difference it makes when the short fence is in right rather than left. Also the seating capacity in the infield is small, compensated by a left field upper deck with a lot of seats. And I have sat in left field under that deck and that was not a good seat, so a lot of the seats are lousy.

On the other hand I have sat in the worst seat in New Comiskey (so bad it is not there any more) looking over the foul pole and loved it.

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Baby Fisk
07-30-2006, 01:38 PM
The Sox army was highly visible and audible on yesterday's TV broadcast. The "Let's Go White Sox" was awesome to hear.

35th&Shields
07-30-2006, 04:51 PM
Oriole Park:Camden Yards::US Cellular Field:Bridgeport.
That's funny that you make that argument because many people argue that U.S. Cellular Field is actually in Armour Square, not Bridgeport.

viagracat
07-30-2006, 05:44 PM
That's funny that you make that argument because many people argue that U.S. Cellular Field is actually in Armour Square, not Bridgeport.

You are absolutely right. Technically, Bridgeport begins west of the RR viaduct near the park.

roylestillman
07-31-2006, 09:29 AM
Under the original category... Was at the game Friday night when Gload fouled off a pitch into the 200 level. A Sox fan caught it and gave it to a little kid in an Oriole's cap. The next pitch was the Grand Slam.

The baseball gods shown upon us.

miker
07-31-2006, 09:34 AM
Under the original category... Was at the game Friday night when Gload fouled off a pitch into the 200 level. A Sox fan caught it and gave it to a little kid in an Oriole's cap.
You mean you're not supposed to throw it onto the field?