Orioles fans can now give their license plates the bird
New Orioles Maryland plates (Baltimore Orioles / April 3, 2012)
Lucky for the ride, you can now order it one of the new Orioles cartoon bird license plates.
A collaboration between the Orioles and Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration, the plates are rather adorable, all orange and black with the little birdie logo in one corner.
The cartoon bird is a throwback to the cartoon bird of the '60s and '70s, brought back by the team this year for the 20th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
One of the plates will set you back $50, but $25 of that goes to the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation.
Also, the Orioles have a few contests for versions of the plate that might appeal to the team's truest fans.
There's a sweepstakes to win plate "0001."
And then there's a charity auction to score plates featuring the numbers of certain star players. Fans can vie for Adam Jones "0010," Nick Markakis "0021" and Matt Wieters "0032." There's also a chance to win a few classic numbers: (Earl Weaver's "0004," Brooks Robinson's "0005," Cal Ripken's "0008," Frank Robinson's "0020," Jim Palmer's "0022" and Eddie Murray's "0033."
Both the sweepstakes and the auction close April 17.
For information on how to get a plate, visit http://www.orioles.com/plates.