Weather Permitting: Orioles vs Royals

Weather permitting the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals will open the 2014 ALCS tonight at Camden Yards.

Here’s a sample of a few other moments from game 1. Weather permitting.

 

Fans will get their early for batting practice and Boog’s BBQ.

Somebody important, maybe a senator or reality tv star will throw out the first pitch.

The announcers, including Cal Ripken Jr., will make over 100 references to the 1985 and 1983 ALCSs, the last time the Royals and Orioles won the pennant respectively.

Chris Tillman will throw a first pitch fastball strike to Royals leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar at approximately 8:07.

Tillman will end up walking Escobar on 8 pitches leading Orioles manager Buck Showalter to ponder when is too early to go to Andrew Miller, Darren O’Day and Zach Britton in the bullpen.

The next batter Nori Aoki will hit into a 6-4-3 double play and Showalter will instantly regret thinking about bringing in a relief pitcher even though we will never know or hear about his indecision because he is a baseball genius who never makes mistakes.

In between the top and bottom half of the 1st inning, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will use some of that $40 million extension to buy everyone in the dugout a soft drink of their choosing. 

In the 1st, James Shields will walk Nick Markakis on 10 pitches causing Royals manager Ned Yost to overreact and pay an early visit to the mound giving his excellent bullpen of Herrera, Davis and Holland a chance to loosen their arms.

Adam Jones will strike out on 3 pitches at some point during the game.

With runners on base Nelson Cruz will drive a ball deep to the right centerfield gap and as the fans rise to cheer a run scoring double Lorenzo Cain will emerge from the vapor to make a spectacular diving catch on the warning track.

Billy Butler will hit a double then get thrown out trying to steal third base with no outs.

Chris Tillman will have thrown 60 pitches by the end of the 3rd inning.

A fan in section 303 will sprinkle Old Bay seasoning in his Bud Light.

The Royals will strike first on a home run by Eric Hosmer which his agent Scott Boras will instantly take credit for by way of either Ken Rosenthal, Buster Olney or Jon Heyman.

The Orioles will even the score on Steve Pearce blast in the 4th.

Regular first baseman Chris Davis will retreat to the clubhouse in shame.

George Brett will be asked how this Royals playoff run compares to 1985.

The Orioles will take the lead in the bottom of the 6th inning on a fielder choice by Ryan Flaherty.

Alex Gordon will steak a base.

Andrew Miller will strike out everyone in the ballpark at least once.

Wade Davis will come on to pitch the bottom of the 8th for the Royals and the announcers will talk about what a great trade the Royals made picking up Davis and Shields from the Rays.

With a 3-2 in the top of the 9th new daddy Zach Britton will hang a sinker to Mike Moustakas.

With two outs, Moustakas will get thrown out trying to steal third base.

The Orioles take a 1-0 series lead and all of Kansas City is left wondering why in the hell Ned Yost is still manager their team. Weather permitting.