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Some dudes were locked in Camden Yards last year and had a field day

Feb 14, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

Camden Yards

This is interesting. I’m not sure it’s true, but it’s interesting.  A couple of guys told Deadspin that they got locked in Camden Yards after a rain postponement last year and turned the place into their own private playground:

Needing a few more drinks, we made our way towards the walking street in the ballpark, Eutaw St. Here is the world famous Boog’s Barbeque Stand where during games you can get draft beer, barbeque, burgers and dogs. Being a bit thirsty and hungry we decided to rummage around and see what we could find. The coolers were locked, but we found cheese, hamburger buns, and semi-hot grill at our disposal and proceeded to make our fill of grilled cheese. While we’re eating our grilled cheese, I decide to test the taps (all the handles have been removed) and to my surprise, cold frothy beer came pouring out. For about the next hour and a half we ate grilled cheese and drank draft Bud Light while it poured down rain.

There are some photos sent by the guys and allegedly taken during their inadvertent trespassing. It sounds like they had fun.

The only reason for me to give pause is that it’s Deadspin, they’re not 100% convinced it was real and they tend not to err on the side of skepticism on that site.  But really, I don’t see any reason besides that to doubt it.  It’s not like the claims in the story or the photos are over the top.  I’ve never gone exploring in a ballpark, but there was a time in my life not too long ago when I made a habit out of walking in places I shouldn’t be to see if I could get away with it.  It’s amazing how much you can get away with, even in these high-security-high-anxiety times, if you play it cool and generally look like you belong.

In short: I’m buying it.  And even if it turns out to not be true, it’s fun reading anyway.

  1. pauleee - Feb 14, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    So you have free-reins on the beer taps and you choose to drink Bud Light? I call BS!

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 14, 2011 at 3:58 PM

      Orioles fans. I believe it. High expectations don’t prevail.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:10 PM

        hahaha, thumbs down. thats a new feature…

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:20 PM

        I knew I’d be the first to get a thumbs down……….

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:21 PM

        There I gave you thumbs up for that one.

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:26 PM

        There, back atcha!!!

  2. SmackSaw - Feb 14, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    I have a similar story about Dodger stadium. No free beer though.

  3. Brian Murphy - Feb 14, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    This is why you never ever leave a stadium until a minimum of two ushers tell you to get going.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    My friends and I made a habit of stadium trespassing as kids. Our biggest ‘score’ was repeated sneaking around in Le Stad Olympique. Unfortunately whenever close to somewhere cool, like the club houses, the security would boot us out. They never opened the upper deck and we managed to get up there but watching a crappy game in the crappiest stadium from even crappier seat isn’t all that cool.

    It is true that if you act like you belong there, folks just seem to let it ride.

  5. The Baseball Idiot - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    I don’t buy it. Every MLB stadium has full time security, 24 hours a day, with a room full of monitors that is continually watched.

    Besides, the cleaning crews come in right after the games, no matter what time it’s over and are there for at least three hours.

    Everyone wears badges, and anyone roaming around without a badge, and not in uniform, and not known to the others, will get challenged. And no way they get into the beer, which is behind locked doors and grills.

    If anything, it’s employees who were there on an off day and are trying to make something out of nothing.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      Allow me to play devil’s advocate… There is no sure thing that security would be monitoring the park during a downpour. Same goes for the cleaning crews who may have waited for the rain to subside. The beer taps aren’t moved but are usually disconnected. It is possible they left a nearly finished keg attached to a tap.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 14, 2011 at 5:03 PM

        I used to work security for a major league team, and one of the things we had to do was make sure all beer sales were cut off before the 8th inning began, all the taps were removed, and the stands were locked up tight.

        The chances of these guys happening to pick the day to do this on the extremely rare occassion one of the stands was left unocked is too much of a coincidence.

        The cleaning crews will clean in the rain. They are picking up trash, and are provided wet weather gear.

        And the security guards sit in in an enclose room monitoring the cameras, so they can see the entire park 24 hours a day. As well as roving patrols who are also provided wet weather gear.

        Let me play devil’s advocates. The majority of food and beer stands are underneath the stands or some kind of overhead cover, which is were people tend to congregate during rain. This kind of takes the rain out of play here.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 14, 2011 at 5:21 PM

        Fair enough. This makes the best argument around for why this story is a hoax. Thanks for the info.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM

        My best guess is that these guys work for Aramak, or whatever company supplies the concessions, and they were in on an off day to clean the beer lines or do some sort of work on equipment.

        That means they were employees, which is significantly different than running around loose in the ballpark without permission.

    • Tim's Neighbor - Feb 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM

      I can confirm this. I worked for a team recently (not security, but was routinely one of the last front office people to leave at night) and security is all over cameras and walking the stadium 24/7. Sweeps are done in an organized fashion and ushers can’t leave until their section is clear. Game-day security can’t leave until their section is clear, etc.

      Stadiums are big time terrorist targets as well. Does anyone really think teams would leave them alone?

      Also, they turn the stadium lights off at night. They don’t stay on. So I’m not buying the flagpole picture.

      Stadiums do have private events for those who pay enough or sponsor enough. I could imagine these guys being a part of one of those events and getting those pictures.

  6. lar @ wezen-ball - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Doing some poking around Flickr, it looks like the outfield signage viewable in the two shots on Deadspin are from either 2008 or 2009 (look for the DirectTv ad at the foul pole, and the Bud Light/State Farm combo near the centerfield wall). Haven’t investigated further than that. We’d need to find a weekend series against the Twins that had a rainout one night…

  7. psousa1 - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    During a Triple AAA (redundant) game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Denver Bears (back when you had the PCL, American Association and International Leauge one or two years they had crossover games) at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium the visitors bullpen backed right up to a public access way. My friends and I left the game early and we had to walk past this way to our car. As luck would have it the benches cleared (we heard the roar and looked inside) and the bullpen pitchers went running to the middle of the diamond and someone yelled “grab the jackets!” They had the coolest warmup jackets – neon green. We grabbed four of them and started running. We heard a louder roar and turned around to see what else was happening but it turned out almost the whole stadium saw us as did the players and they came running after us but they were stopped by I think their own teammates and security and we hightailed it out of there. One of the jackets had a box of Trojans and one had weed. From that day on I worked like hell to get to pro baseball (failed).

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      NOW THAT’S A STORY!!!!

  8. crkreg - Feb 14, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    This is an absolute non-story. Eutaw Street is open to walk though all the time. Actually the only time you can’t walk through is game day and you don’t have a ticket. Nice win the with the beer taps being left on but other than that no big deal.

  9. clydeserra - Feb 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    oh noes. up and down thumbs.

  10. nyyankeefanforever - Feb 14, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Got a buddy with weekend season tickets to the Rays at the Trop who I visit periodically. When there’s day games following night games, concession storage bins are locked but shelves and counters remain stocked and open in full view, and they rely on a skeleton crew of strolling rent a cops to keep an eye on the place until the next day. They keep one bar in the place open late after night games where the local radio guys do a post-game wrapup talk show; and we’ve sometimes strolled the whole place when its empty, unstopped and marveling at what we could do if we were younger and prone to stupid mischief. The cleanup guys strictly mind their own business. Of course, with the attendance being what it is there, it’s our belief that just dressing a little nice and choosing to stay late on a weekend evening there as we do must make anyone watching believe we’re front office guys or something…LOL.

  11. Panda Claus - Feb 15, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Craig,
    The first line of the linked story starts with “A few years ago, two men went to an Orioles game at Camden Yards.” That tells me this didn’t happen last year.

    Beyond that, who knows if it’s true.

  12. raskul - Feb 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    The grill would not be “semi-hot” an hour after use.
    If they were able to turn it back on, they would not have described it as “semi-hot” either.
    I think they had Baloney, not grilled cheese.

  13. Andrew - Feb 15, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    If this was during a rain out, it’s very possible this could have happened. I’m an usher at Target Field and for those that don’t know, we got hit by a huge storm after the 1 hr. 52 min. epic between Mark Buehrle and Carl Pavano. Normally we would have kicked out fans much earlier than we did, but the downpour and flooding stadium prevented that.

    While we were waiting, one woman came walking around with a roll of trash bags. She claimed she had just tried doors looking for shelter, came to one for a concession stand, and it was still unlocked. She went in, found the bags, and then came bag out and started giving away these makeshift rain ponchos.

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