The Baltimore Orioles are one of the teams that doesn’t have any cutouts of faux fans in the seats.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t think of what Baltimore Orioles iconic fans we would like to see sitting behind home plate.
Of course, we’d all like to see our real selves sitting there cheering on the Birds. But, if you could pick five faces you’d like to see in the crowd, who would you choose?
Here’s my take:
The young superfan was an inspiration to the Orioles and their fans. His recent passing affected several players who often spent time before the games talking with him. Seeing his face in the stands would be a touching homage to the young man who stole the hearts of Baltimore.
The speedy swimmer is one of Baltimore’s favorite sons and a lifelong Orioles fan. He’s been to batting practice. He’s also been serenaded with the “OOOOO” of the National Anthem during the 2016 Olympics. Phelps only knows how to win, so his face in the stands could inspire the team to do the same.
The rocker grew up an Orioles fan after her family moved from Philadelphia to Rockville, MD. Her love of the O’s was so well known in the 1990s, that she sang the National Anthem when Cal Ripken Jr.tied Lou Gehrig‘s consecutive game record. She’s a must-have fan face for the O’s if they decide to add cutouts to Camden Yards.
The powers-that-be would probably let the former face of the O’s into the dugout in the 2020 season, but if not, then he must be in the seat. And, not just in one form. Several cutouts of Adam Jones should be in the stands, with at least a handful of them covered in pie.
Edgar Allen Poe
He may have been born in Boston, but the macabre writer spent his life in Baltimore. As the inspiration for the Baltimore Raven’s name, his face should be in the stands at both fields (if football is played in 2020). It’s tough to say whether Poe would actually have been a sports fan, but he probably would have appreciated the story lines that come from the games.