Before going north for Thursday’s Opening Day visit to Yankee Stadium, the Orioles took a quick trip south.
Ahead of their workout at Camden Yards on Tuesday, the Orioles enjoyed a tour of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. The players wore their orange jerseys while also occasionally donning non-baseball gear, including vests and helmets. The team had lunch with 4,400 Midshipmen to cap off their morning visit. The Orioles announced a multiyear partnership with the USNA last year that features several programs and events, including an exhibition game at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis against another major league team at a future date.
“That was an awesome experience,” first-year manager Brandon Hyde said during his team’s first workout in Baltimore. “I think our guys got a ton out of it, really inspiring. That was my first time going to that and going to see Annapolis and going to see the whole academy. We had lunch with the 4,500 kids. It's just a great, great experience. Everybody was so welcoming, and they were just fantastic to us. I know our guys probably got more out of it than they did, for sure.”
Right-hander Mike Wright provided insights on the trip through his takeover of the Orioles’ Instagram account. He showed he and left-hander Richard Bleier remaking a famous “Titanic” scene on a Navy ship, one that executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias apparently was briefly behind the wheel of, per another post.
Wright’s posts included a variety of puns, such as Hyde, the Orioles’ “Skipper,” watching “future Skippers” and “March Madness” as several Midshipmen marched. Amid a meeting with the Navy baseball team, Wright went with a pun describing the teams’ goals while keeping the sea theme.
“Both teams just looking for a ship.”