Greetings from muggy Baltimore and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Oddly enough, I rarely hear the place referred to as Oriole Park and only as Camden Yards. I’ve been here four or five times, but this is only the Reds’ second visit here. The last time, was in 2011 when the Baltimore was the last city the Reds visited in Interleague Play and played here for the first time since the 1970 World Series. The Orioles took two of three in the series.
Also strange, this is 36-year-old Ryan Ludwick’s first-ever visit to Baltimore as a player. Very strange considering how long he’s played and that he’s played in the American League.
I’m not surprised that none of the September call-ups are in the starting lineup and I wouldn’t expect that to happen in games that have meaning for the opponents. The Orioles are in first place in the AL East and battling for the postseason, of course.
Of the 10 call-ups, and the four players not previously up this season, I’m most interested in seeing Yorman Rodriguez play. He was a much-ballyhooed signing as a 16-year-old for $2.5 million and he just turned 22 a couple of weeks ago. I’ve seen him at Spring Training but now we’ll see how he fares in regular season games.