Orioles celebrate Military Appreciation Day and Memorial Day

On Sunday, May 25, the Orioles will hold a Military Appreciation Day as part of the team's ongoing military appreciation efforts. Pre-game ceremonies include a performance by the US Air Force Drill team, and COL. BRIAN FOLEY, Garrison Commander of US Army Fort Meade, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The U.S. Army Color Guard from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard will present the colors, the US Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team will perform, and vocalist SFC APRIL BOUCHER from the U.S. Army Field Band will perform the National Anthem as nine active duty soldiers from Fort Meade take the field with Orioles players. The first 20,000 fans 15 and over will receive an Orioles Military Appreciation ripcord bracelet, proudly made in the USA.

Every Sunday home game, the Orioles donate 500 tickets (6,500 over the course of the season) to military members in conjunction with Fort Meade, as part of the Players Give Back program. In addition, hundreds of tickets have been donated to the following military groups so far in 2014: The Air Force, The American Flag Foundation, The US Army Reserve, MCVETS, Operation Homefront, and numerous military families. For more information on the Orioles commitment to the military, fans should visit orioles.com/military.


The United Service Organization, DARREN and ELIZABETH O'DAY, and OriolesREACH will host a pre-game barbecue picnic, "Barbecue for the Troops" on May 25 from noon-1:30 p.m. to support the troops in the bullpen picnic area. Several current Orioles are expected to attend, and the event will include a silent auction located by Gate E from Noon- 3:00 p.m. featuring many one-of-a-kind items provided by and autographed by Orioles players. Net proceeds raised through this event will go directly to USO programs that support deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers and families of the fallen. The cost of the event is $50, and fans may purchase tickets until noon tomorrow by visiting orioles.com. Fans who cannot attend the barbecue event but would still like to donate to the cause should visit http://www.teamuso.org/barbecueforthetroops/odaybbq. In 2013 this event raised $23,463 to benefit the United Service Organization.


On Memorial Day, May 26, all Orioles uniformed personnel will wear a special road jersey that features a digicamo pattern designed into the twill (Baltimore script, name, number) as well as a digicamo patterned cap featuring the cartoon bird. These jerseys and caps, which will be autographed and authenticated, will be auctioned on www.orioles.com/camojerseys beginning May 26 at 12:00 p.m. through June 2 at 11:59 p.m. with proceeds going to the Fort Meade Alliance. The Fort Meade Alliance Foundation will use the donation to help with an anticipated $2 million in renovations to a facility on Fort Meade, establishing a Resiliency Center for the entire military community, including Department of Defense employees and contractors. 



On Friday, May 23, STEVE CLEVENGER will make an appearance at Overlook Elementary, the school that he attended from kindergarten to sixth grade. Clevenger will visit with students from third to fifth grade from 11:00 a.m. to noon and will share personal stories of his journey to becoming a major league baseball player and sharing the message, "Believe in yourself and you can accomplish great things!" This event is open to the media. Overlook Elementary school is located at 410 Hampton Road in Linthicum. Media planning to cover the appearance should call the Public Information Office at 410-222-5312 or 410-222-5316 to make arrangements.


World Environment Day is June 5, and the Orioles have partnered with Sarasota County and the United Nations to help promote the cause. World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations' principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Sarasota County is this year's North American host for WED. The Orioles will support their efforts by running PSAs pre-game that feature UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré. Darren O'Day will record his own PSA that will run on the Orioles Radio Network through June 5. For more information on World Environment Day and its challenge, fans should visit www.unep.org/wed.



On Saturday, May 24, Baltimore Ravens kicker JUSTIN TUCKER will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Orioles' game against the Cleveland Indians. In his 2013 season with the Ravens, Tucker scored 140 points, and was 72-for-78 on field goal attempts, including 4-for-4 in playoffs. Tucker also kicked a 61-yard field goal this season, the longest field goal in Ravens' history.


Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph series from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tonight, BRIAN BASS, GARRETT STEPHENSON, and TOM NIEDENFUER will greet fans and sign autographs.


As part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Program, presented by GEICO, the Orioles and OriolesREACH donate a catered private suite at each Sunday home game at Oriole Park to servicemen and women. This Sunday, May 25, military members from Fort Meade and the USO will enjoy the game vs. the Cleveland Indians from a catered suite, have a meet-and-greet with NICK MARKAKIS and ZACH BRITTON, and receive a player T-shirt.


The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest for every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest allows a young fan to participate in a timed race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base. Fans can sign up for the opportunity at the ballpark at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day's game, gift certificates to use inside the park, an Orioles jersey and an Orioles prize pack. The contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday's winner is MARY McQUILLEN, a 6-year old from Silver Spring, MD.


The Orioles have partnered with Chick-fil-A this summer to host the Chick-fil-A Honorary Bat Kids program. Children ages 7-14 can enter by filling out an entry form at participating Chick-fil-A Restaurants or mailing the form directly to the Baltimore Orioles. This program will take place through August 30. One boy and one girl will be selected to be the Honorary Bat Kid at each Orioles home game, excluding Sundays. Winners will receive four tickets to the game, on-field access to watch Orioles batting practice and the opportunity to receive autographs, an Orioles T-shirt, hat and free Chick-fil-A sandwiches for a year. Each winner will also participate in an on-field, pre-game ceremony where they are presented with an official Honorary Bat Boy/Girl certificate and have a photo opportunity with the Chick-fil-A Cow and Oriole Bird.


During each home game the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, non-profit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand:

Thu, May 22 All Shepherd Rescue
Fri, May 23 Fallston Animal Rescue Movement
Sat, May 24 Babe Ruth Foundation
Sun, May 25 American Legion Auxiliary



This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles T-shirt, a cap and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players. Players participating in the program this year include WEI-YIN CHEN, CHRIS DAVIS, J.J. HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES, NICK MARKAKIS, BRIAN MATUSZ, TROY PATTON, CHRIS TILLMAN, and MATT WIETERS. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:

Thu, May 22 Arlington Elementary/Middle School 150 Wei-Yin Chen
Fri, May 23 Morrell Park Elementary School 150 Adam Jones
Sat, May 24 Elmer Henderson School 150 Brian Matusz
Sun, May 25 Baltimore International Academy 150 Chris Davis



Fri, May 23 AT&T Student Night AT&T Any student with a school I.D.
Sat, May 24 Junior Orioles Dugout Club Day   Dugout Club Members
Sun, May 25 Orioles Ripcord Bracelet   First 20,000 fans 15 & over