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We all know what it's like when the Yankees and Red Sox come to town. Camden Yards turns into Yankee Stadium South or Fenway Park Far South.

I find it annoying and I confess, I'm not a native Baltimorean. Actually, I find it a lot more than annoying.

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Which brings us to a grassroots -- or guerrilla -- effort to let the interlopers know that there's still a pulse among Orioles fans (even though we have our doubts about the team at times). The folks at a local fan blog, thelosscolumn.com, are trying to rally the troops to attend the Sept. 8 game against the Red Sox, vowing to Take Back the Yard. The point is to make Camden Yards actually feel like it's the home field of the Orioles for a change when the Red Sox are there.

The folks at thelosscolumn make it clear that they're not encouraging physical confrontations with or vulgar behavior toward Red Sox fans -- after all, this isn't Philadelphia -- but they are urging a demonstration of the type of spirit that this town has been known for (and still exhibits for the Ravens).

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Last year, you may recall that local radio personality Nestor Aparicio organized a fan demonstration that was actually a walk-out from a late-season Orioles game to show the fans' strong disapproval of owner Peter Angelos' stewardship.  This current effort is not that type of protest. It's merely a way to remind friend and foe alike that Camden Yards belongs to Baltimore.

Photo credit: Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun

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