City and club officials agreed to keep Wednesday afternoon???s American League clash behind closed doors after a night of rioting and destruction on Baltimore???s streets, following the death of a young African-American man whilst in police custody.
It was the first time in Major League Baseball history that a game had been played in front of not a single supporter, and the Orioles press-box announcer told the stadium before the first pitch: “For record-keeping purposes, today’s official paid attendance is zero.???
And there were no food or drink vendors and no mascots as four home runs were hit by the home team into empty stands.
“I’m not real happy about playing in an empty stadium,” said Davis. “But we also understand that there’s a bigger picture here.”
Orioles fan Garrett Baldwin, who lives three blocks from the stadium and paid $250 for a room at the adjacent Hilton hotel that offered him a view of part of the field, said: “It’s so bizarre, so strange to see.
“It’s not great history but it’s positive in the fact that they’re still playing the game in this town.”
Baltimore scored six in the first innings, with Alejandro De Aza running in from third base before Davis??? homer allowed Jimmy Paredes and Delmon Young to score too. Manny Machado and Everth Cabrera also ran home in the first.
Machado scored twice more, once in the third before a huge home run onto empty seats in the fifth.