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Orioles playing in an empty stadium was quite strange

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Orioles playing in an empty stadium was quite strange

An age old premise of baseball - if you play fans will come - was tested today in Baltimore. Nobody came, but the Orioles still played.

Yes, the National Anthem cranked out of the loud speakers before the game. No, the crowd did not scream the "O" as is Baltimore custom, though a vocal group of fans ammassed beyond the left center wall, behind the bullpens and Camden Yards picnic area, did. The fans could be heard inside too, more than 500 feet away, as could police sirens, helicopters, and even chatter from the dugouts and the field. 

The scene was surreal. The cavernous stadium silent but for the crack of the bat and the ball hitting leather. This is not meant as some ode to romantic baseball of times past, it's just the reality of Major League Baseball in an empty stadium. The TV cameras still rolled, the jumbotron in centerfield still lit up with stats, the press box full beyond capacity.

But nobody in the stands. Foul balls fell to the ground, smacked between seats, with not a single skirmish. 

Ed. Note: Fans were not allowed into the game due to ongoing civic unrest in Baltimore. For more on that, click here 

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park