I’ll keep today’s column brief given that I need to make my way down to the Convention Center for Baltimore Orioles’ FanFest this morning. FanFest is a winter tradition in Birdland, and it’s well worth the admission price of $10. In a nutshell, it’s everything you love about Oriole games without the actual game on the field. There are forums with players, coaches, media, and GM Dan Duquette, mascot appearances, various booths, autograph sessions, and much more. The event lasts from 11 AM – 6 PM, and parking is free at Camden Yards’ lot B/C. Individual game tickets will also go on sale to the general public at 10 AM this morning; you can look at the Orioles’ schedule by clicking here to see which games to which you’d like to get “early bird” tickets.
FanFest is presented by Sarasota County, as the Orioles of course hold Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL. Orioles’ FanFest is a great event for families and especially children, so I’d highly recommend attending if you’re able. Last year the Orioles announced that they had 9k people come through the turnstiles at FanFest, in a year where the O’s were not expected to do much and on the heels of 14 consecutive losing seasons. Of course we now know that the O’s did a few things in 2012 and then some, so I would think there’s a chance they could set an attendance record at today’s event. This is the “kickoff” of sorts for Orioles 2013, so come down to the Convention Center and join in the fun!