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4/28/2015

Baseball Game to Be Played in Baltimore . . . With Public Not Present

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:17 pm

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Amid civil unrest in Baltimore, Wednesday’s game between the White Sox and Orioles at Camden Yards has been moved to a 1:05 p.m. CT/2:05 p.m. ET start and will be closed to the public, the Orioles announced Tuesday. The game had been scheduled for Wednesday night.

The change comes after Monday and Tuesday’s games between the teams were postponed due to safety concerns after rioting broke out near the stadium. The latest round of demonstrations follow the recent death of Freddie Gray, 25, an African-American suspect who had been taken into police custody.

That’s going to be . . . weird. It has apparently never happened before.

45 Responses to “Baseball Game to Be Played in Baltimore . . . With Public Not Present”

  1. Oh well. Rioters gonna riot.

    I can’t find whether it will be televised. I hope someone records it, for posterity.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. It has apparently never happened before.

    But there’s a first for everything in Obama’s America.

    A big shout out to all of this nation’s liberals and squish-squish-squishes for helping make it so.

    Mark (607f93)

  3. Patterico we had a pretty long and lively discussion about this earlier on the Reactions to rioting in Baltimore thread. Yes it will be televised.

    elissa (6a947f)

  4. Sorry I missed that. I miss things sometimes. I’m glad it will be.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  5. No problem. But you see? We can have a party here without trashing the joint whether you’re around or not! :)

    elissa (6a947f)

  6. Mmmm . . . I’d have to verify that. :)

    Patterico (9c670f)

  7. the terrorists mobs have won.

    htom (4ca1fa)

  8. Will it be blacked out?

    bob sykes (be5b42)

  9. If we go back to the old school system of shooting looters and arsonists on sight, there would be far less of this. Too bad for the liquor store owner who put his life savings into it. Insurance for his inventory wasn’t available, and most policies have a “mayhem” exclusion or limitation anyway. He’s giving up, he can’t rebuild. They not only took all his inventory, they destroyed every fixture and piece of equipment in the place – it looked like a bomb hit it directly.

    As I said during the Ferguson riots, if a sniper spotted the first guy who lit a Molotov cocktail and made his head explode, there would have been very few of them thrown thereafter.

    Screw these barbarians. No, they aren’t destroying “their own neighborhoods,” it isn’t their property they are burning and stealing. Who cares where the thief or arsonist or murderer came from?

    Estragon (ada867)

  10. That neighborhood has apparently been “gentrified” with millions of city money recently. Don’t expect any new businesses for years if ever.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  11. Love how they do that. Every five years or so a new batch of liberals in the city government spend a whole bunch of money and employ eminent domain to “improve downtown” with the goal of attracting customers, while paradoxically driving out the few established businesses eking out a living in the highly regulated environment that results.

    So lets all go shopping downtown. Parking is still $5.00! (for a limited time only, to selected patrons based on the prorated monthly parking pass rate).

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  12. Surrender.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  13. But that’s just my town. I’m sure your experience varies.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  14. If it weren’t for jury duty I’d never set foot in the place. Government has to threaten me.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  15. so he didn’t just remove all doubt re Baltimore:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/04/thanks-for-emojis-japan-president-obama/

    narciso (ee1f88)

  16. Well what else is he going to thank them for, narciso? Pearl Harbor?

    elissa (8106d3)

  17. well they’ve been our key ally, for 60 years now, things of that nature,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  18. Toyota Land Cruiser? Honda motorcycles? Supporting us militarily in Iraq despite a constitutional amendment against holding a standing military?
    I remember the Japanese briefly using their national oil reserve to buttress world oil prices when that issue was in doubt.
    Lots of things you could thank Japan for if you want to give it a think.

    A little vague on how Obama thanking Japan for emojis leads directly to the fall of the republic.
    The author needs to flesh it out more.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  19. Freddie Gray already had his neck broke before getting arrested.

    That there’s a tid bit of trivia you’ll never hear about on MSNBC.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  20. Oh, lighten up, francis! It was obviously just a crafted joke Obama was telling to get a laugh at a stodgy dinner. Besides, the other things you mention would require our president to have a handle on world history instead of on his main focus in life which is almost always pop culture.

    elissa (8106d3)

  21. Well what else is he going to thank them for, narciso? Pearl Harbor?

    I hope that was said only partially in jest, because Obama a few years ago on his state visit to Japan wanted to go to Hiroshima and publicly apologize for the US dropping the atomic bomb during WWII. Even the Japanese officials in charge of etiquette were disturbed by that request and made him change his itinerary and agenda.

    Mark (607f93)

  22. elissa, has a dry sense of humor,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  23. When things like anime, karaoke, karate are used in a sentence with the ta-dah! punchline being “and of course, emojis” it’s pretty clearly being done for a laugh. There are plenty of other things in life to fault Barack Obama for.

    elissa (8106d3)

  24. There will be spectators at the Orioles/White Sox game — the media.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  25. The historic baseball game is on!!!!

    elissa (8106d3)

  26. The link says employees and scouts will also be allowed to attend, but the official attendance has already been recorded as 0.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  27. SO Nation has some convenient background noises to listen to while you watch the game.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  28. You have to sign up but I think the ML is streaming today’s game free.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  29. MLB not ML.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  30. Yeah, DRJ, I hear a few noises on broadcast TV, but I wonder how much of it might be ambient traffic, etc. from outside the park–like when you hear the trains and train whistles when teams play at Seattle.

    Oh my. Things are going well so far for the good guys. NOT!!!

    elissa (8106d3)

  31. papertiger (c2d6da) — 4/29/2015 @ 7:54 am

    very interesting. When I heard of the “suffocation” death in NY I figured we did not have all of the facts.
    the most note worthy thing about this last case has been the lack of info.

    Though today Sec/Sen/Mrs. Clinton made comment about something being profoundly wrong when a person has a near-severed spinal cord while in police custody.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  32. Fans are watching from outside.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  33. Oh DRJ, that’s so sad. They have all the decent people penned up like animals.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  34. elissa,

    I was thinking about this yesterday. There’s something about sporting events in cities/schools that have had tragedies or similar events that seems to bring out the best in the home team and the worst in the visiting team. Maybe I’m dreaming this but I noticed it in 1999 after the Texas A&M bonfire tragedy. The bonfire precedes the Texas-A&M football game, and Texas entered the game ahead in the conference divisional standings with only 1 loss. A&M had 3 losses and was a much less talented team, but it won the game. A&M’s players were intense and focused, while the Texas players seemed distracted. I’m no baseball expert — maybe the Orioles are a better team than the White Sox — but I wondered if the same thing might happen in today’s game.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  35. It is strange, Patricia. They look like they’re in prison.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  36. DRJ–that. Or maybe Samardzjia’s 1st inning pitching just stunk up the empty joint. The Orioles W-L record is 9/10 and they are in last place in their division. The Sox’ W-L record is 8-9 and we are third in our division. The first Oriole to get on base today was a player Sox got rid of pre-season for chronic underperformance. So he prolly thought he had something extra to prove to his former team today, too.

    I am delighted to have encountered another female baseball fan, by the way!

    elissa (8106d3)

  37. I like sports but I’m more of a football and basketball fan. I also watch college baseball more than the pros, so I’m not nearly as knowledgeable as you are.

    DRJ (e80d46)

  38. DRJ–I like college and pro basketball. But am pretty turned off by both college and pro football these days because of the many problem players they seem to attract. I like hockey too, but that is a rather recent interest. Baseball’s my game, though, and always has been since I was a little kid. Fortunately, I have 2 baseball loving girlfriends (whose husbands don’t appreciate the art of the game and think baseball is like watching paint dry) and so the three of us have a ball attending quite a few games every summer.

    elissa (8106d3)

  39. 36 – DRJ
    Indeed.

    mg (31009b)

  40. Uh oh. Now “Chinese home run” term is under attack!

    http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201504/kansas-city-royals-chinese-home-run-mlb-baseball

    elissa (036f87)

  41. Rudy Giuliani says Orioles and City of Baltimore erred in playing today’s game in an empty stadium and having the team leave town for the weekend .

    “Look, we had to deal with the possibility of terrorist airplanes being driven into Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium in the wake of Sept. 11 and we were able to get it back. Are you going to tell me a bunch of little punks who did this are going to stop a baseball game? I’ll tell you, that says something is not right. Resiliency is a defense to terrorism and to this type of mob violence. Meaning, getting your city back to where it should be right away and saying to these people ‘You can’t disrupt us, you can’t frighten us – we’ve got the resources to take care of ourselves. Basically, try me again and see what happens.’ ”

    Mr. Rudy was a very good mayor I think.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/rudy-giuliani-says-orioles-should-ve-brought-city-together–not-closed-stadium-211444324.html

    elissa (036f87)

  42. The White Sox lost 8-2, but maybe it’s OK to give the orioles a game for a little hope.

    Baltimore will play their next 3 “home” games in Tampa.

    http://www.foxsports.com/florida/story/tampa-bay-rays-vs-baltimore-orioles-series-on-may-1-3-moved-to-tampa-bay-042815

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  43. When you think about it, elissa, Rudy’s NYC is about the only major city that worked well in the past 30-40 years.

    Those darn Republicans! 😉

    Patricia (5fc097)

  44. Asking questions are in fact nice thing if you are not understanding something fully, except this piece of writing provides pleasant understanding even.

    60 second panic solution (0dabb0)


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