As we write this, the Orioles are leading the White Sox at Camden Yards. In front of a riots-mandated crowd of zero people. The beauty of the Internet, in this case, is that sportswriters can file the story as the surreal events are unfolding. Here’s a snippet from Washington Post national baseball writer Barry Svrluga’s coverage:
Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph had already feigned signing autographs to imaginary fans, tipping his hat to the adoring… seats. A foul ball had found its way into the stands, only to bounce back out again.
Actually, zero people in the stands is not quite right. From Jére Longman’s NYT dispatch:
Except for two scouts sitting behind home plate and a press box full of reporters, the 45,971 seats and three decks at Camden Yards were an empty expanse of green as the first pitch was thrown at 2:06 p.m.
And since baseball is all about records, the Baltimore Sun at game time leads off a 24-picture slide show with a reminder of the previous MLB low attendance record. Hint: It happened in 1882.
Even though nobody was there to catch it, Orioles 1B Chris Davis chucked a ball into the empty Camden Yards stands: http://t.co/0fR6FIQlWT
— ESPN (@espn) April 29, 2015
[Screen grab via: nytimes.com]