Opening Day pre-game notes: Great celebration, Weaver, GM?
By Dan Connolly
Apr 04, 2011 | 11:04 AM
Some Orioles Opening Day pre-game observations:
First, the run down the orange carpet, the fighter jet flyover and Richard Troxell's pipes always make for great pre-game festivities. Say what you want about the Orioles, but they always do celebrations right.
That said, as Earl Weaver, the greatest manager in Orioles' history, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, the video scoreboard showed a picture of Weaver with "Orioles general manager" under it. As Buck Showalter would say, "Really?" That's awful.
Showalter caught Weaver's dribbler, all the while the fans were on their feet cheering. Tigers manager Jim Leyland was on the top dugout step clapping, and briefly followed Weaver into the tunnel to shake his hand.
Besides Weaver, Showalter got the biggest ovation during pre-game introductions. Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis were probably the next closest, though all the starters were warmly received. Of the reserves, Zach Britton probably received the loudest cheers.
The Orioles are honoring late umpires' attendant Ernie Tyler with a plaque on the door of the newly named Ernie Tyler Umpires' Room. The umpires will also wear wrist bands with Tyler's initials. Tyler died Feb.11 at age 86.
First pitch, a ball from Jake Arrieta to Austin Jackson, arrived at 3:07 p.m. Game-time temperature: 76 degrees. Couldn't be more beautiful out here.
By the way, Jake Arrieta just got out of the first by throwing a 93-mph fastball past Miguel Cabrera.