The Baltimore Orioles made a triumphant return in front of their fans at Camden Yards Monday night, albeit sporting a bit of a different look:
We love our city. Tonight, the team is wearing specially-made Baltimore home jerseys. #OneBaltimore pic.twitter.com/Sn2gyDO3iw— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) May 11, 2015
A quick refresher on what led to this Charm City homage.
The Orioles were displaced for several games amid safety concerns during the public unrest over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. The situation created an irregular sequence of events for the team, including a pair of postponements, playing the White Sox in what is believed to be the first major league contest without fans in attendance, and a "home" series against the Rays in Tampa Bay's stadium, Tropicana Field.
Monday night, the Orioles were greeted by a spirited crowd of 20,468, who were in turn treated to a 5-2 win vs. Toronto. Winning pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez noted the team was inspired by the friendly confines of their home park and, most notably, their fans:
"It felt great. It felt good to be back, having some pride," Jimenez said. "All of the people that came to the game tonight, they were into the game since the first pitch. So that definitely motivated us to play."
The Birds are back in Baltimore. #Birdland #VoteOrange pic.twitter.com/P5fANgCkFe— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) May 12, 2015
We love our fans. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/59KXfUn7Gh— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) May 11, 2015
And no homecoming celebration would be complete without a little dessert, of course:
#StayHungry, @CrushD19. pic.twitter.com/zYAli8tyax
- Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) May 12, 2015