The Orioles And White Sox Game Is Underway With No Fans
As a result of the Freddie Gray protests, the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox game has been closed to the public.
Now, this was not the first time games were changed because of protests: in 1992, the Dodgers postponed games following the Rodney King verdict and, way back in 1967, the Tigers had to postpone due to riots. But it is the first time that an MLB game was played without any spectators, according to Outside the Lines’ sources.
So what does an empty ballpark look like during a major league game? It looks really odd.
Should be an easy winner for today's @Orioles guess the attendance game. pic.twitter.com/AvlCGJAA51
— Dan Gelston (@APgelston) April 29, 2015
National anthem. pic.twitter.com/I1IQ4xS0Uy
— Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) April 29, 2015
Players ✔ Music ✔ Scoreboard ✔ Media ✔ Fans ❎ pic.twitter.com/nueK6Odagt
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) April 29, 2015
The Orioles and White Sox are playing in an empty Camden Yards, and yes, it's a strange sight. https://t.co/uPhrObKquD pic.twitter.com/FkMcMd35FY
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 29, 2015
Orioles and White Sox take the field for baseball's 1st ever game in an empty stadium https://t.co/wf2YbxbY1C pic.twitter.com/tgAz2P4yPY
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) April 29, 2015
THERES A BALL GIRL pic.twitter.com/NpDZN75tJZ
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 29, 2015
Yet even with these restrictions, fans crowded outside Camden Yards to watch the game.
BASEBALL HISTORY! Fans locked out of Camden Yards as Orioles/ChiSox play first ever regular season game with no fans. pic.twitter.com/DOsdcWVbVK
— Scott Harbaugh (@WPXIScott) April 29, 2015
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is an absolute ghost town. Fans gazing through the gates to an empty stadium. pic.twitter.com/hIch93nmnu
— Max Reiss (@MaxReiss) April 29, 2015
Still, enthusiastic fans cheered their team on, particularly when Chris Davis obliterated a ball for a three-run homer.
As for the Orioles’ weekend home matchup against Tampa Bay, it has been switched to an away series and will take place at Tropicana Field.
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