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The last time I went to a baseball game was in downtown Baltimore’s Oriole Park for an Orioles game. Can’t remember who they played but do remember the madness and frivolity that keeps the crowd involved and entertained. Now an oriole is a bird as opposed to an orreo that’s a cookie, but both much loved in the USA and both best enjoyed with a good American sized bucket of ice cream! The cap of my Orioles occasion was buried in the cupboard with other paraphernalia I keep and luckily the colours for the Orioles are the same as for our local baseball team the Canberra Cavalry so I rescued it found some other orange clobber and looking a bit sixties in that orange that was so often teamed with mission brown headed for the ball park in the backblocks of Narrabundah.
My hostess, the effervescent and enthusiastic Alicia Doherty had gathered her Australian American Association members up close to the action and all were happily chomping into hot dogs, burritos and popcorn while the music blared, the commentator kept up a fast pace and that eponymous organ music brought all the old world charm of the ball game to the locals who’ve taken this team to their heart. Sarge the mascot did double duty for the team and for the spectators, while the new CEO Donn McMichael worked the ball park meeting and greeting fans and sponsors as the US Ambassador John Berry and partner Curtis Yee joined embassy staff on the ‘Patio’ for their party. Berry declined to pitch the first ball of the season which is more about him not wanting to take the gloss from the opening game of the season and very much about him wanting to chill out at the ball game.
As winners of the Asian Cup, dutifully presented to manager Michael Collins by CEO Donn McMichael before the season opening game, unfortunately it did not augur well for the Cavalry’s game against the Sydney Blue Sox. The Blue Sox whipped the Cavalry nine to zip. But let me recommend you get a group together and take yourselves out to a ball game. Dare I say it’s more fun than some cricket, and you do get a result.