Going to O's spring training in Sarasota: 10 things to know [Pictures]
For Baltimore baseball fans inspired by the Orioles' surprising success last year, spring training couldn't have come soon enough. Those who never wanted that magic season to end along with newbie Birds fans are already flocking in droves to the team's Grapefruit League home at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. If you go to Sarasota to see the O's this spring here are 10 things you'll want to know. -Charlie Vascellaro, For The Baltimore Sun
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1. Ed Smith Stadium
The Orioles play their Grapefruit League home games at the recently remodeled Ed Smith Stadium, where the team set franchise records for spring training attendance in each of the last two seasons. The ballpark is a bright white and orange with different versions of the Oriole Bird logo hanging all over the place. Even the concession stands make you feel at home. Last year, my girlfriend bought us a couple of soft-shell crab sandwiches and the guy at the counter wanted to make sure we knew what they were. When she dropped one of them on the ground trying to get to her seat, a collective groan went up through our entire section. A 2012 Wild Card Pennant flag was added this year to the championship chandelier that hangs in the ballpark's main entrance lobby.