The Orioles helped make one family's Father's Day a day that they will never forget.
Specialist Addam Bostwick from Fort George G. Meade United States Army installation surprised his father, former Marine Stephen Bostwick, with a special ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
Stephen, who is a four-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, was expecting an Orioles player to catch the first pitch, was shocked to see Addam, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for four months, surprised his father.
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Baltimore television station WBAL's Puppy with a Purpose from America's Vet Dogs will be named after Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson, 18-time All-Star that spent his entire 23-year career with Birdland.
WBAL opened up the pup's naming rights to the public online, and the final choices were between Brooks or Tucker, referring to the most accurate kicker in NFL history, Baltimore Raven Justin Tucker.
Name ideas also included Domino, after the sugar factory based in Locust Point, and Marshall, specifically for Thurgood Marshall, Baltimore-born and first Black Supreme Court justice.
The Orioles lobbied hard on social media, and enthusiastically brought puppy Brooks to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to meet and play with real-life Brooks in celebration.
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WBAL will help socialize and train Brooks before he commences a career of helping veterans and first responders.
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The Orioles announced significant changes to their regular-season schedule Thursday, making it more family-friendly during non-summer months.
According to Joe Trezza, the Orioles will start at 6:35 p.m. ET for games that occur before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Home games during the summer will retain their 7:05 p.m. ET start time.
Major League Baseball saw a record 3:05:35 average run time for games in 2019 despite changes made before 2018 to cut mound visits without pitching changes.
With the average length of a game longer than ever and the fact that the Orioles have finished last in the AL East in three consecutive seasons, this is seemingly a smart move to get more fans out to Camden Yards.
John Means finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting after a surprising season, so the Orioles days as the butt of most baseball-related jokes could be nearing an end.
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