Only a handful of coaches and players were dropped off by taxis and recognition was difficult. Not a single big name Red was visible so the likes of Manny Parra, Jumbo Diaz and Jake Elmore escaped without being asked to sign.
I was fortunate to recognize the two players below.
Ramon was not a fan of the heat and humidity in Baltimore as he high-tailed it into the stadium. He gladly signed for the few of us waiting, but you could tell all he wanted to do was get inside the stadium. Ramon was accessible all three days of the series, but this was the only card I had of his. And I traded it away the following day
Inside the stadium, the Orioles were brutal again. The stadium opens to fans as Oriole BP is ending. All the big name players are in the clubhouse relaxing as we are filing in. The rest of the team was unable to stop for a moment.
The Reds on the other hand were glad to pick up a pen. I was without items for Jake Elmore, Chris Heisey and Ryan Dennick as they were signing. But I was not shut out.
So day one was miserable and two hours of rain delays didn't help things at all. Even with a limited number of autographs the quality was definitely there.
How did I follow it up?