The Towanda (Pa.) High School baseball team was making the second stop of its senior trip to various major league ballparks when Tuesday's Orioles postponement put it behind schedule.
There was no doubt in the senior players and statisticians' minds that they would come to the rescheduled game. "We were definitely coming back," statistician Christine Vendello said.
Towanda coach Bill Sexton, 53, said because of flooding throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, it was an easy decision to change plans to catch all three games of the Orioles' series against the Philadelphia Phillies instead of traveling to another city.
"Baltimore is a great place to come to with kids because there are so many things peripheral from the ballpark to do," said Sexton, who has made the trip in each of his 29 years at Towanda.
None of the seniors minded spending extra time at Camden Yards yesterday, and said they preferred it to the first stop on their trip - Yankee Stadium.
Taking in a long day at the ballpark didn't bother Dean Jones, 20, of Essex, either. He wanted to attend both games simply because he had never done it before.
However, not many among the announced 20,633 fans in attendance yesterday afternoon were returning for the evening half of the split doubleheader, citing scheduling conflicts.
Norm Sensinger, 69, of Baltimore was glad the game was postponed. "I actually prefer afternoon games. It's the way baseball should be played," Sensinger said. "In the daylight."
Some fans, including Phillies fans Bill Frampton, 31, of Runnemede, N.J., and Steve Marczi, 37, of Barrington, N.J., took an extra day off work. "We're troupers," Frampton said. "Baseball is more important than work to us."
Not all fans originally had tickets to the washed-out game, but opted to take advantage of the rare weekday-afternoon time slot. Bill Harrison, 62, of Perry Hall and his son Chris, 30, of Bel Air, bought tickets for the postponed game because they could bring a third generation, 2-year-old Tommy, who is usually asleep during night games.