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Trip Report Quick Trip to Baltimore (2 Red Sox games)

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Just a quick trip report on my trip for 2 Red Sox games. The trip was $200 each for tickets to each game, bus and hotel. Bus left 5am on Saturday morning. Got thru NYC quicker than expected but came through the Bronx singing Sweet Caroline and an intermittent "Yankees ****" Chant as we had started partying then. Hit traffic on the NJ Turnpike for a long time. Not unexpected as it was beach traffic. Got to our hotel at about 2pm so we still made good time.

Our hotel was Days Inn Baltimore. OK Hotel as location was outside of the Harbor and we needed the bus to bring us in/out. But it was included with the tour package. personally, I would have rather stayed closer to the city but the price couldn't be beat. It was clean and in a mall area. However, the water pressure was very low.

Bus dropped us off at Camden Yards at 3:00. Had time to go to the Inner Harbor to walk around. Had a couple of drinks at Tir Na Nog (Irish Pub right there) and then to Oliver's Ales for a couple of drinks. All the bars and restaurants were extremely busy.

Got into Camden at about 5:15. Had lower level seats. Tons of Red Sox fans there. It was the 4th largest crowd in Camden history. 75% Sox fans. 4-0 Sox win mixed with a Yankees loss and it was a great night. I have been to Camden 7 times and still love it. It is definitely one of my favorites. Even with the large crowds, lines were always very manageable. Had a Crab Cake Sandwich and a few drinks. Prices were typical for ball parks but a good selection of food and beer. We made it onto NESN again as a foul pop landed in our section but bounced out...

Went to the Old Country Buffet Sunday morning. Not my choice but it was decent.

Had 3rd deck seats but right above the Sox dugout. It was an insane game as the final was 18-10. It went back and forth too many times/ Had a crab pretzel and a few beers during the game.

This trip once again showed how great of a stadium Camden Yards is. It is not showing any signs of being 16 years old other than the enclosed concourses (last ballpark to include them on the design). As a Sox fan, it is great to be able to go to a park and have it all Red Sox fans. But as a baseball fan, the current state of the Orioles is sad and depressing, given the history of the team.

Bus ride home was uneventful and long. Got home at 3:30 yesterday morning. Fun but tiring weekend.

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