It's been a troubling week in Baltimore where riots erupted after the funeral of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who suffered spinal injuries while in police custody and died April 19. Today, the Baltimore Orioles played the first Major League Baseball game in history with no fans in attendance. In order to avoid any potential violence, the team decided not to allow anyone to attend the game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
A stream of Twitter messages poured forth during the game, and the 12 tweets below—from sarcastic to serious and all points in-between—seem to sum up people's feelings about baseball in Charm City today.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 29, 2015
— Jake Ciely (@allinkid) April 29, 2015
— Fortune (@FortuneMagazine) April 28, 2015
— Sean Gallagher (@SPGallagher2) April 29, 2015
David Lynch should film the Orioles empty stadium game with a dozen or so people wearing animal masks in stands and creepy music playing.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) April 29, 2015
— Amy Hawkins (@amyhawkins1126) April 29, 2015
— Jay Wright (@liturgicsjay) April 29, 2015
Outside the closed-off Orioles game today pic.twitter.com/7CToRezBhv
— Justin Duckham (@Jduckham) April 29, 2015
— Jillian Mele (@jmeleTCN) April 29, 2015
"This isn't the way you want to make history." http://t.co/EIBv0nCm9J
— Elena Schneider (@ec_schneider) April 29, 2015
Empty nest: Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago White Sox 8-2 in fan-less game http://t.co/9cy8uYB75I
— The_Citizen (@The_Citizen) April 29, 2015
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 29, 2015