BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton was supportive of the decision to play Wednesday’s game before an empty stadium.
“I think we all understand what’s going on out there is more important than security here,” Britton said.
“On a normal day, there’s a lot of police around the stadium, and you don’t want to take the attention from what’s really going on out there. It makes sense, but it’s unfortunate that our fans who want to come out and support us weren’t able to do that for safety reasons.”
The Orioles have changed their schedule. They’ll play three games at Tampa Bay this weekend instead of having the Rays come to Baltimore. The Orioles will play four series in Tampa Bay this season, and the Rays play two here. Baltimore will be the home team this weekend.
“MLB has got to look out for the safety of the fans and players and whatever. It makes sense, but I’d rather play at home in Baltimore without anybody in the stands than go down and play three home games in Tampa,” Britton said.
“I think everyone feels the same way. This is our home field. The thing that’s frustrating is that Tampa won’t compromise and come back up here. These are tough situations. You would think people have some compassion for what’s going on. Apparently they don’t,” Britton said.
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