Road Trip: Taking in the Tigers and Orioles at Camden Yards

There are two words in the English language that get me, as Thumper might’ve told Bambi, twitterpated.

Those words … Road Trip!

I suspect it has something to do with my former career as a sports writer when I crisscrossed the Midwest following the team I was covering to various remote outposts.

Doug and his family on the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards earlier this month.

More likely, however, my love of seeing the home team in enemy territory stems from my upbringing in rural Decatur, Ind., where there was no home team to root for.

We were equidistance from Cincinnati, Chicago, and Cleveland. I suppose you could say my father and I were a couple of the original road warriors.

Whatever the reason, I’ve truly grown to appreciate being a stranger in a strange ballpark, stadium, arena, or concert hall.

The beauty of being that stranger is the discovery. It’s not as though I’ve become Lewis and Clark, but it’s the exhilaration of approaching the gates, handing that smiling face my ticket, and embarking on three hours of new adventures. What unknown architectural wonders, concession stands, and native customs await me after I pass through the turnstiles?

I’ve taken such trips with friends, gone solo, and, more recently, enjoyed the occasional road trip with my family. Mercifully, my wife Carol, daughter Helena, and son Jake, all enjoy baseball enough that two-plus hours at a ballpark are possible.

Such was the case during our Spring Break 2011 trip to Maryland. Following a four-day walking tour of our nation’s capital, we embarked for a couple of days in Baltimore – including a Tigers-Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Tigers Today: September 16, 2010

NelsonSimmons.jpgTigers’ Record:

72-74, 3rd place; 15.5 GB

Today’s Game

Off Day

Yesterday’s Results

Rangers 11 – Tigers 7

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Tigers Today: September 12, 2010

MarkThurmond.jpgTigers’ Record:

72-72, 3rd Place; 13.5 GB

Today’s Results

Tigers 6 – Orioles 2

Yesterday’s Results

Orioles 5 – Tigers 3

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Tigers Today: September 10, 2010

Tigers’ Record:

71-70, 3rd Place; 12.5 GB

Today’s Game

Tigers vs. Orioles | 7:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Armando Galarraga (4-5, 3.89 ERA) vs. Kevin Millwood (3-15, 5.38 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 6 – White Sox 3

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Tigers Today: September 5, 2010

HotDogPopTicket.jpgTigers’ Record:

68-68, 3rd Place; 11 GB

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Royals | 1:05 p.m. ET – Kauffman Stadium | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Armando Galarraga (4-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. Kyle Davies (6-9, 5.23 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Tigers 6 – Royals 4

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Tigers Today: September 1, 2010

DaveRucker.jpgTigers’ Record:

65-67, 3rd Place; 11 GB

Today’s Game

Tigers @ Twins | 8:10 p.m. ET – Target Field | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Max Scherzer (10-9, 3.60 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (12-7, 3.41 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Twins 4 – Tigers 3

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Tigers Today: July 25, 2010

WhiteFlag.jpgTigers’ Record:

50-45, 3rd place; 2.5 GB Chicago

Today’s Games

Game 1

Tigers vs. Blue Jays | 1:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: FSD/AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Armando Galarraga (3-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. LHP Brett Cecil (8-5, 3.99 ERA)

Game 2

Tigers vs. Blue Jays | 6:05 p.m. ET – Comerica Park | On the air: Radio Only – AM 1270 and 97.1 FM

Pitching Matchup

Jeremy Bonderman (5-6, 4.98 ERA) vs. RHP Jesse Litsch (1-4, 5.79 ERA)

Yesterday’s Results

Blue Jays 3 – Tigers 2

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