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The Orioles have announced their plans for pregame ceremonies ahead of Thursday’s 3:05 p.m. home opener against the New York Yankees.
Getting to the ballpark
Orioles parking lots will open at 10 a.m., and Oriole Park at Camden Yards will open to fans at noon while various roving music groups perform on Eutaw Street and the ballpark’s main concourse. Every fan who enters the stadium will receive a 2019 schedule magnet.
The Orioles will take batting practice at noon, followed by the Yankees at 12:45 p.m.
Pregame ceremonies, emceed by Orioles broadcaster Jim Hunter, begin at 2:30 p.m. Manager Brandon Hyde and the Orioles will run through the center-field gate on an orange carpet before taking their place between first and second base.
The orange carpet will be lined with more than 100 children from Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School holding Orioles flags. The team is providing each student with a ticket to the game, concessions, an Orioles T-shirt and cap, and transportation to and from the game.
One fan will be chosen as the team’s “10th man,” the 26th straight season the Orioles have bestowed the honor. The fan will represent all Orioles fans and be introduced as part of the Orioles’ starting lineup.
The Yankees will come out of their dugout and line up between second and third.
The Orioles will use part of their pregame ceremony to honor Hall of Fame member Frank Robinson, who died Feb. 7.
The Orioles Charitable Foundation will present $20,000 each to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture in Baltimore, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., and the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington in recognition of Robinson’s commitment to civil rights issues.
The Orioles will also show a video tribute for Robinson, as well as hold a moment of silence to recognize members of the Orioles family who have died since the team’s 2018 home opener.
During his more than four decades as a Major League Baseball broadcaster, Angel called two World Series, 44 postseason games and seven no-hitters.
Opera singer Rolando Sanz will sing the national anthem pregame and “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch.
During Sanz’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a 1,260-square-foot American flag from Fort McHenry will be over the center-field batter’s eye; the flag is a replica of the flag Francis Scott Key saw over Fort McHenry when he wrote the poem that became the national anthem during the War of 1812.
An Armed Forces Color Guard, provided by the Military District of Washington, and the Baltimore City Fire Department Honor Guard will present the colors.