Freddie Gray’s death after being arrested became the cause of a tumultuous weekend of riots and looting in several areas of Baltimore. A curfew was created and the National Guard called in at the request of the Mayor. The Baltimore Orioles were impacted first with our 3rd Anniversary game on 4/25/15 where fans were asked to remain in the Yard due to unrest and concern for their safety. Two games were postponed as unrest continued. And then came the historic game which was played with police at the gates and no fans in attendance. Caleb Joseph faked in a video signing autographs for fans and Chris Davis threw balls into the stands as well as hit a homerun on Eutaw Street. I asked fans to WEAR ORANGE to support #Baltimore and many did including most of our MASN announcers. The Tampa Bay Rays series was moved to Tropicana Field where we were the HOME TEAM. The Oriole Bird accompanied them and even performed 7th Inning Stretch Tradition along with their mascot to “Thank God I’m A Country Boy!” The Maryland States Attorney indicted the police involved in arrest which changed the nature of weekend gatherings to one of celebration and expanded support for JUSTICE FOR ALL from other cities in the US. In spite of a most stressful and depressing week for many, our curfew has been lifted and many have already begun to rebuild. I am hopeful that Orioles’ fans will look for ways to get involved and help with rebuilding and of course, support our local small businesses. Let’s go BALTIMORE not only please support our TEAM but our CITY! THANK YOU…

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