Let's get the game specifics out of the way first.
First pitch, a strike from Brad Bergesen to Jose Bautista, occurred at 3:07 p.m. It's 55 degrees. Bautista had the first hit, a single up the middle. Beregesen got the first strikeout, fanning Blue Jays' No. 2 hitter, Alex Gonzalez.
Now, to the pre-game fesitivities:
The Orioles ran down the orange carpet a few minutes ago and I think there were some cheers. It was hard to tell over the sharp buzz of indifference.
OK, that's not fair. Those who were here did their share of clapping, but I'd say Camden Yards was only about 60 percent full when the ceremonies started. It's about 80 percent full now in the first inning.
No question the loudest ovation of the pre-game ceremonies was for Brooks Robinson, with Boog Powell getting the runner-up prize with a chorus of "Boooooogs."
As part of the year-long celebration of the 1970 World Championship team Brooks and Boog threw out the ceremonial first pitches Brooks to Miguel Tejada and Boog to Garrett Atkins.
As for the cheers for players, my unofficial take is that Matt Wieters received the loudest ovation. Nick Markakis, Brian Roberts and Brian Matusz were close.
There were some boos – a smattering, maybe --- for Miguel Tejada and Mike Gonzalez, but mainly cheers all around.
-- Dan Connolly