The Orioles won't play their first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for seven weeks, but already the new season has yielded one remarkable statistic.
That is roughly the number of post cards entered in three lotteries for Opening Day tickets, team spokesman Bob Miller said yesterday.
The Orioles do not have another quarter-million tickets to sell for the first game at the new ballpark. The figure is more like 12,000.
"I wouldn't say the number is large or small," Miller said. "I would say it is indicative of how interested fans are at seeing games at the new ballpark."
The Orioles invited fans to apply for the few remaining tickets about a month ago. The team hasn't set a drawing date. But Miller said that when the winners are picked, they will receive a notice from the team with an offer to buy two tickets.