The visitors got booed, the hometown Orioles were (mostly) raucously cheered, and when it was all done they covered the infield with a tarp.
With rain threatening for the 3 p.m. hour that was supposed to mark the beginning of the first baseball game in Baltimore since October, the Orioles went to a rain delay because of "the threat of inclement weather."
It didn't begin raining until 3:55 p.m., and first pitch wasn't until about 4:45 p.m. The tarp was back on the field less than an hour later with the game scoreless after two innings. The game is scheduled to resume at about 6:30 p.m.
At 5:50 p.m., the team announced that after a band of "fast-moving" but heavy rain, they anticipated clear skies and were planning to still resume the game Monday night.
The Opening Day festivities went off as planned, and followed the familiar strains of popular kickoffs from years past. First, it was the visiting Minnesota Twins as fans filed into the ballpark for the main attraction.
Among the Orioles staff, head trainer Richie Bancells and first base coach Wayne Kirby got great reactions from the fans, but none matched the standing ovation for manager Buck Showalter on his sixth Opening Day with the team.
The baseline for the Orioles’ player introductions was full-throated cheers, with third baseman Manny Machado, closer Zach Britton, first baseman Chris Davis and reliever Dylan Bundy all among the loudest cheers.
The only player who didn’t get a positive reaction was South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, who had more than a smattering of boos receive him on his run down the orange carpet.
Kim said Sunday he didn’t know how he would be received by the fan base after he declined a minor league assignment and instead forced the Orioles to honor his contract and leave him on the major league roster.
And the last player introduced, Rule 5 left fielder Joey Rickard, savored it more than perhaps anyone else. Rickard slowly jogged down the carpet with a grin on his face on the occasion of his first major league game.
But like everyone else waiting for baseball this year in Baltimore, Rickard’s debut would have to wait.