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Manny Machado is returning to Baltimore and the boo birds should stay out of Birdland

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Manny Machado is returning to Baltimore and the boo birds should stay out of Birdland

Let’s not do this, guys.

It’s fun to have players to cheer against. Baseball certainly needs more villains in the sport, and Manny Machado looks like he could fill that role for the league.

But not in Baltimore. Not on his return.

It’s popular to boo players who have gone on to greener pastures, especially when they’re still talented enough to be coveted by their original teams. But Manny Machado is no longer an Oriole because of the Orioles themselves, not Machado.

This isn’t the Bryce Harper return, after he turned down a legitimate offer from the Nationals to sign with their most hated rivals. Machado was traded away, and then wasn’t offered a contract last offseason. Furthermore, the Orioles, unlike the Nationals, have no designs on competing in the next few years. It never would have made sense for Machado to waste his prime years on a team starting over from scratch.

He knew it, the Orioles knew it, and thankfully, fans in Baltimore knew it too.

I’ve never been one to tell fans how to spend their time at the ballpark, or whether or not they are “real” fans based on whether they choose to jeer or cheer. It’s their money and their fandom; I have no place to judge it.

That said, please don’t boo Machado.

To be clear, it’s not immunity from all boos in perpetuity. If Machado ever comes out and throws his bat at Trey Mancini or charges the mound at Dylan Bundy, then by all means, deafen him. 

But that doesn’t sound like the Manny Machado Orioles fans came to know and love over the years, does it?

Machado gave Baltimore everything he had for more than half a decade, and the city loved him for it. He provided violent home run swings and graceful plays in the field. He filled the memories of Orioles fans with literal countless unbelievable moments. 

He was the most purely talented player the Orioles have ever employed, and he did something no player was able to do from 1998-2011: Get the O’s to the postseason again.

If for no other reason, the magical 2012 run cements Machado as a player with too strong a legacy in Charm City to get booed in his first game in the city as a visitor.

Thankfully, much of this probably doesn’t need to be said. Baltimore fans are a smart bunch, and they understand the situation Machado was in. Besides, who among us would turn down $300 million to live in San Diego?

When Machado steps to the plate Tuesday night, give Machado the sendoff he never got after his trade. Remind him how much joy he brought to the city for such a long time. Remind yourselves that, in rare situations, it’s okay to give an ovation to an opposing player. Remind everyone of what makes Baltimore fans special, by reminding Manny Machado of what made him so special to us.

Do this however you choose. Make a sign. Ask for an autograph. Wear his jersey. Cheer.

Just don’t boo.

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Former Oriole Adam Jones has 3-hit night in D-Backs' victory, get pied

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Former Oriole Adam Jones has 3-hit night in D-Backs' victory, get pied

In what was a huge night for Adam Jones, the former Orioles outfielder went 3-for-4, including a double and RBI. 

During his postgame interview with Fox Sports Arizona, Jarrod Dyson pied Adam Jones with a key lime pie. Such pie celebrations were a hallmark of Jones' tenure in Baltimore.

“He swung the bat well against us tonight,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. "You look at his career numbers, obviously, he’s had a really productive career. He’s a tough out, and hurt us tonight, big-time.”

“He was very instrumental in their win tonight,” Trey Mancini, outfielder and teammate with Jones for three seasons, said. “I’ve seen him do that a lot when we played together, so it wasn’t as fun to be on the other side of it.”

When asked if he keeps track of the Orioles performance, Jones replied "I keep track of baseball . . . I keep track of what's going on, especially with my friends. I definitely keep track of what's going on with Schoop, Britton, Machado obviously I get to see him a lot more often, guys that are my good friends I keep track of . . . I've reached out to Trey, kept in contact with Gyvens, reach out to Bleier here and there. I think bigger than the game is friendships."

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Summer Guide: The top restaurants and bars for before and after Baltimore Orioles games

Summer Guide: The top restaurants and bars for before and after Baltimore Orioles games

Last summer, NBC Sports Washington put together guides that detailed the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' Stanley Cup run and FIFA World Cup. Earlier this summer we gave you some spots around Nationals Park too.

With summer 2019 halfway through and baseball in full swing, it's time to highlight the go-to spots to eat and drink around the ballpark that forever changed baseball. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Always packed, it's the number one go-to bar for Orioles fans before and after the games 
  • A dozen beers on tap, both local and national brands
  • Great deals throughout baseball season

Sliders Bar and Grille, 504 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Another bar adjacent to Camden Yards
  • Less crowded than Pickles, but just as good when it comes to snacks and drinks
  • Bottle, canned, and draft beer options
  • Gameday specials built around the Orioles season

Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • A bit further (about a mile walk) but well worth it
  • Famous for, you guessed it, their wide selection of crafted hamburgers
  • Endorsed by Oriole legend Adam Jones, who even created a burger for their menu
  • Also make spiked milkshakes for adults looking to cool off with a tasty treat

The Yard, 110 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Inside the Marriott Inner Harbor 
  • Quieter, less-crowded option compared to more popular pregame locations
  • Crab-based breakfast options for fans looking for an early start

Camden Pub, 647 W. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Two blocks from Camden Yards
  • Special discounts with game tickets
  • Variety of food options, including well-known wings

Quigley's Half Irish Pub, 633 Portland St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Federal Hill location, a block away from the stadium
  • Another less-crowded option, with standard bar fare
  • Just as likely to host baseball fans and neighborhood regulars alike

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Three blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards 
  • Dozens of beer options, plus signature cocktails and wine choices aplenty
  • Well-known nightlife spot for postgame celebrations

Seafood Options:

L.P. Steamers, 1100 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Have to drive instead of walk (9 minutes by car)
  • Considered a go-to spot for Maryland-style seafood 
  • Mentioned specifically by Manny Machado upon his return to Baltimore

Phillips Seafood, 601 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • 20-minute walk to Camden Yards, right in the heart of the Inner Harbor
  • Huge letters outside the building a part of the local skyline
  • Famous for their crabcakes, but serve all kinds of seafood and non-seafood options

Rusty Scupper, 402 Key Highway, Inner Harbor Marina, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Another slightly further, pricier option for local seafood
  • Beautiful view right on the water
  • Live patio entertainment
  • Happy hour from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday through Friday

Postgame Dessert Options:

Insomnia Cookies, Federal Hill, 1059 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • 20-minute walk from the stadium
  • Wide variety of deluxe cookie options, plus brownies, ice cream, cake and dessert sandwiches
  • Open until 3 a.m. every night

Polar Roll Creamery, 600 E Pratt St Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • 20-minutes from Camden Yards, on the Inner Harbor 
  • Rolled ice cream
  • Watch yourserver roll the ice cream in front of you

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