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Star Wars and Game of Thrones among highlights from Orioles 2019 promotional calendar

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Star Wars and Game of Thrones among highlights from Orioles 2019 promotional calendar

Pouring over your favorite baseball team’s promotional schedule is a time-honored tradition, and Orioles fans finally have the chance to mark their calendars with this year’s best items to add to their collections. 

The Orioles announced their 2019 promotional schedule this week, and fans are already excited about some of the best giveaways and theme nights that Camden Yards has to offer this season. 

And yes, before you ask, they’ll be bringing back fan favorites like the floppy hats and hawaiian shirts.

As always, there are a few standouts on the calendar this season.

In early May, the Orioles will be one of many teams to hold a Star Wars theme night. Fans could go home with multiple fun items, including both a Trey Mancini jedi knight bobblehead and an awesome BB-8 beanie. You can probably guess which day this night is... (okay, it’s May 4. Get it? May the 4th be with you? You get it).

May also brings fans Game of Thrones night. In the past, this theme has come up later in the season, but with the iconic HBO series airing it’s finale on May 19, the Orioles have bumped up their big celebration to just two days after it’s all wrapped up.

Also, on June 13, they’ll be giving away something called a “crab hat.” There’s no picture listed, so I have no idea what this is, but I already know I’d be willing to spend an irresponsible amount of money on one.

Some other highlights on the docket:

May 11 - A League of Their Own movie night (Giveaway: “There’s no crying in baseball” shirt)

June 11 - Margaritaville Night (Giveaway: “It’s 7:05 Somewhere” shirt)

June 28 - Orioles floppy hat

June 29 - Orioles Maryland flag replica jersey

July 13 - Birdland Hawaiian shirt

July 16 - Brooks Robinson bobblehead

August 9 - 30-year reunion celebration for ‘89 Why Not? Team

August 10 - Dashboard Hula Bird

September 20 - O’stoberfest (for fans 21 and over)

Considering the team lost 115 games in 2018 and looks poised to be even worse in 2019, the front office is certainly hoping an exciting slate of giveaways will help stave off any decline in attendance.

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Orioles prospect Grayson Rodriguez clears a lake during insane long toss session

Orioles prospect Grayson Rodriguez clears a lake during insane long toss session

With the MLB season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, players are forced to keep in shape in unique ways. From home workouts to pitching machines in the backyard, there have been plenty of different methods to get training sessions in.

For Orioles top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez, he decided to long toss in potentially a never before seen way: throwing over an entire lake.

Yes, you read that right.

In a truly mesmerizing moment, Rodriguez cleared the lake and then some. As some of the replies to the video stated, it's easy to start feeling your shoulder and arm get sore just watching the toss.

The arm talent of Rodriguez is impressive, as is his work in the Orioles system. At just 20 years old, the 2018 first-round pick has quickly risen to be the No. 2 prospect for the club and the No. 36 overall prospect in all of baseball.

In 28 combined starts in Rookie-level and Class A, Rodriguez put up 2.46 ERA. The right-hander also made an appearance in last season's All-Star Futures Game.

With numbers like that and an arm that can throw over a lake, the future looks bright for Rodriguez.

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Orioles relief pitcher Richard Bleier caters meals for ER staff at Florida hospital

Orioles relief pitcher Richard Bleier caters meals for ER staff at Florida hospital

Orioles relief pitcher Richard Bleier is giving back to his home community during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Bleier catered lunch for the Emergency Room staff at Wellington Regional Medical Center in Florida’s Palm Beach County on Wednesday.

“Much respect to the nurses, doctors, medical staff, and everyone else working extremely hard in all the hospitals around the country to help people,” Bleier said in the Instagram post. “A small gesture compared to what they are doing on a daily basis. I hope everyone who is in a position to help someone else does so in this time of need. We will all get through this together [six feet away from each other of course].”

Major League Baseball has yet to set a return date for the 2020 regular season, and there doesn’t appear to be a set timeline for the season to be played. 

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