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Weird: Orioles Win Inside Empty Stadium

Baltimore riots meant fans had to stay away
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2015 3:45 PM CDT
Updated Apr 29, 2015 4:04 PM CDT
Weird: Orioles Win Inside Empty Stadium
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez throws to Adam Eaton of the White Sox in the first inning.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – The Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 today in a game notable for this announcement at Camden Yards: "Today's official paid attendance is zero." This week's Baltimore riots resulted in an unprecedented fans-free contest described by the AP as "one of the strangest games in baseball history." Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post writes that "it was, by turns, eerie and amusing, comical and poignant." One of the comical bits: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph signed autographs for adoring—and imaginary—fans. Also weird: Nobody was there to run after foul balls and home runs. (Read more Camden Yards stories.)

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