That magnificent place that filled my life with so many rich experiences, that gave me a better childhood than anyone else I have ever met, no longer exists. The memories are relegated to pictures in my mind. There is nothing left to touch or photograph. I can explain, but I can never share with anyone the experience, or convey to them, what was my childhood. No one else in Ednor Gardens will ever grow up having the experiences I did and I can’t help but feel a little sad about that. Yes, okay, I’ll admit that Camden Yards is lovely, but it is a corporate ballpark, in the middle of a business district, designed with corporate money in mind. It will never provide a generation of neighborhood residents with the same memories or infuse them with the same affection that a stadium like Memorial or Fenway or Wrigley can. All others are buildings, they are not intimately tied to home. No, they are not home and they do not shape childhoods the way Memorial Stadium did and Camden Yards never will.
Now, I live in Charlotte. Until last year when MASN magically appeared on my television, I had a hard time following the Orioles. I had tried many times and many ways to see the Orioles in the intervening years, but none were successful. Still though, I had no idea how much I missed the team and baseball until MASN brightened my world. Summers are again just as they should be, with sounds of baseball warming my home, for home and away games, and perhaps even a little more often than in my youth. If only I could see the team in person more often or work for the Orioles, the picture of my life would be complete.
This website is dedicated to, if not the best team in baseball, the only one that will ever matter to me. It is named for Brooks Robinson, one of only two men in all of baseball to be awarded sixteen gold gloves. He is an exceptional human being and was a pleasure to watch, even if he did set my expectations unrealistically. This is for those of us who bleed orange and black, who loved Brooks, who loved all those great Orioles from our past, who ache as we hang out at the bottom for want of decent pitching, and who will learn to love many more in an Orioles uniform in the years to come.
The site is still a work in progress, but I will be adding all things Orioles as time permits. Please keep checking back. For mma gloves check sportlifeadviser.com