Fans can bid on the opportunity to play chess with Orioles players, have a painting session with the team’s resident artist or experience game day in Baltimore behind the scenes in this year’s annual Major League Baseball winter meetings auction.
The proceeds from the auction will go to the University of San Francisco sports management program in the memory of the late Katy Feeney, a longtime MLB executive who died in April.
All 30 teams will have items up for auction, including three from the Orioles:
» The opportunity to play chess against Orioles players before a home game at Camden Yards. Potential opponents include resident chess players Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Dylan Bundy and/or Kevin Gausman (players subject to change). The winner — who can bring one guest — also receives a parking pass, two batting practice field passes and two tickets for that day’s game. Experienced chess players are encouraged to bid. The winner could also redeem the experience during spring training in Sarasota, Fla., but travel is not included.
» A pregame painting session with Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, who this season began painting landscapes as a hobby. The winner — who can bring one guest — also receives a parking pass, two batting practice field passes and two tickets for that day’s game. The winner could also redeem the experience during spring training in Sarasota, Fla., but travel is not included.
» An exclusive behind-the-scenes game-day experience at Camden Yards for a group of four fans. Experiences could include watching manager Buck Showalter’s pregame news conference, watching batting practice from the field, visiting the press box, the MASN television booth, the Orioles Radio Network booth, the MASN television production truck and the Orioles’ scoreboard production room, and watching an inning of the game with executive vice president Dan Duquette in his suite. Also included in the package will be a parking pass and four tickets to that day’s game.