Star-gazing Orioles get '93 preview


Who knows what the name of the ballpark will be? Or if Bo wil be there? Or if Fay Vincent will still be the host?

There is much to be decided before the 1993 All-Star Game arrives in Baltimore, but that did not stop Orioles public relations director Rick Vaughn and an entourage of Orioles personnel from going to Toronto to observe firsthand just what is in store for the team and the city.

Other than the date, July 13, 1993, no plans are set in stone for the extravaganza two years down the road.

"We've begun formulating ideas," Vaughn said. "For example, the premier showcase event, besides the game and what goes on at the stadium, is the gala the night before. We're starting to think about where we're going to have it and what type of affair it will be. They had it on an island, they ferried all the guests out there, and they had a beautiful fireworks display . . . that's why we're here, to see things like that."

For the past two days, Vaughn and five other members of the Orioles organization tried to "soak in" what their Toronto counterparts did.

"I'm looking at things like how to deal with the media, how big the interview rooms are, how many phones there are in the press room, how they run the interview areas," said Vaughn.

Another of Vaughn's concerns is that "it be an easy event for the fansand something they'll always remember." To that end he has been asking people from hotel guests to "fans coming back from the home run-hitting contest" to "volunteers in the information booths," right on down to "shuttle bus drivers to find out what they like and what they don't like."

Though it will be the Orioles' responsibility to make the gam itself and everything else that goes along with it run smoothly, All-Star week is still the commissioner's event, according to Orioles Vice President for Business Affairs Bob Aylward, one of those accompanying Vaughn.

"It is not the Orioles' event, or the people of Baltimore's," Aylward said. "We just try to help them achieve what they want to achieve."

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