The typical smells and sounds of Baltimore Orioles baseball are not part of the MLB experience in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage on. However, some teams have put cardboard cutouts of celebrities in the seats to give ballparks a somewhat normal feel.
Unfortunately, the Baltimore Orioles are not one of the teams with cardboard cutouts. So here at Birds Watcher, we decided to list some celebrities we would like to see in the stands as cutouts if the Orioles change their minds. Site expert Kristen Bentley already gave her cardboard cutout ideas so I thought I would share mine:
The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player has become a fan favorite in the city of Baltimore. The Ravens’ quarterback electrified fans in his two seasons in the NFL. His combination of running and throwing skills have set the league on fire. He has proved haters wrong just as the 2020 Orioles seem to be doing. He also is familiar with the Orioles as he threw a pretty nice first pitch before a game last season.
Ripken is the greatest Oriole of all-time. A cardboard cutout of the “Iron Man” deserves a spot right behind home plate. I’d like to see the Ripken face when he beat Lou Gehrig’s record, as that is the most iconic image of him.
Marshall, the first Black Supreme Court justice in United States history, was born in Baltimore in 1908. Honoring him with a spot in the seats at Camden Yards for the remainder of the 2020 season would be a nice gesture.
The “Sultan of Swat” was known for his time with the Red Sox and Yankees but he was born in Baltimore. It would sure irk Red Sox and Yankees’ fans to see the Babe in photoshopped Orioles regalia as a cardboard cutout somewhere in Oriole Park.
Mel Kiper Jr.
“Todd, Todd, Todd!” Kiper, the famous NFL draft analyst for ESPN, was born in Baltimore in 1960. With his trademark widows peak hairstyle and glasses, he would be a zany but fun cardboard cutout to have in the stands at Camden Yards. It would be a great troll to seat Kiper next to Jackson, a player Kiper doubted heading into the 2018 NFL draft.