For Oriole fans who are travelling down - or are in Florida - to catch Opening Night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota:
Orioles Announce 2012 Spring Training Opening Night Plans
The Orioles have announced plans for the first game of their 2012 spring training season and their 3rd season in Sarasota. The team will face the Pittsburgh Pirates at the newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium on Monday, March 5, at 7:05 p.m.
On Monday and throughout the season, ballpark gates will open two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. All fans will receive a 2012 spring training magnet schedule presented by the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau and the first 1,000 female fans in attendance will receive a Bird of Paradise flower courtesy of Beneva Flowers.
Orioles Hall of Famer and current Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations BRADY ANDERSON will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.
A veteran of 15 major league seasons, 14 with Baltimore, Anderson holds the Orioles’ all-time stolen bases record (307). He ranks among the top 10 in Orioles career batting leaders in 12 categories and also holds the club single-season records for total bases (369), home runs (50), extra-base hits; (92) and hit by pitch (24). Anderson was named to the American League All-Star team three times and was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2004.
In his current role Anderson assists Dan Duquette with player relations and player development and oversees conditioning throughout the organization.