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Orioles stepping up to the (license) plate

CharityAuction ServiceCal Ripken, Jr.Nick MarkakisEddie MurrayMatt WietersJim Palmer

If you're so excited for the start of baseball season that you feel like you're not just on the Orioles bandwagon, but you're at the wheel of it, well, now you can show it.

The Orioles, in conjunction with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, are releasing Orioles cartoon bird State of Maryland license plates. The plates, which cost $50 apiece, are partially a charitable venture, as $25 of that goes to the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation.

Each plate has a randomly assigned four-digit number, so they're not customizable, which would've been a nice touch. (So you can't drive around sporting a "YNOT" plate in homage to the memorable 1989 team, for instance. And you'd have to get really lucky if you're hoping for a "2131" plate.)

But fans can enter a sweepstakes to win plate #0001, the first one available, by going to orioles.com/plates to register and order. (The sweepstakes runs through April 17. To register, you must be a Maryland resident and have a valid Maryland driver's license.)

Additionally, plates bearing the numbers of Orioles standouts Adam Jones (#0010), Nick Markakis (#0021) and Matt Wieters (#0032) are being auctioned for charity, as are plates featuring the retired numbers of Hall of Famers Earl Weaver (#0004), Brooks Robinson (#0005), Cal Ripken Jr. (#0008), Frank Robinson (#0020), Jim Palmer (#0022) and Eddie Murray (#0033). The auctions close April 17, with all profits above the $25 MVA fee going to the Orioles Charitable Foundation.

So, if you're the kind of person who wants everyone on the road to know exactly whom you're pulling for but don't want to go so far as to paint your car orange and black, you can go to the above Web address or call 888-848-BIRD for more information.

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