The winner of the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Orioles, AMBER SHAW, will be recognized in a pregame ceremony and throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Oriole Park on Friday, May 19, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Blue Jays. Shaw, a breast cancer fighter from Hanover, Pa., was months away from getting married when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2014 at the age of 28. She started an aggressive treatment regimen and endured a double mastectomy, multiple rounds of intense chemotherapy, and a blood transfusion. Shaw refused to let her treatments derail her wedding plans and married her husband, DUSTIN, in October of that same year. Two years later, Shaw was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She underwent two more surgeries, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, and oral chemotherapy. Through everything, she maintained a positive outlook and ultimately pursued a new career in mammography to help other breast cancer patients. The Honorary Bat Girl winners were selected by fan votes along with feedback from a guest judging panel that featured several MLB players personally committed to the fight against breast cancer, including Orioles pitcher KEVIN GAUSMAN. Gausman's maternal grandmother passed away after a brave battle with breast cancer. The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. In nine years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and millions of fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.
BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HEROES PROGRAM
Through the Birdland Community Heroes Program, the Orioles recognize community heroes who have inspired others through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope, and harmony. This recognition honors the heroism of members of our extended Orioles community from all walks of life, occupations, and diverse backgrounds living in our region, our country, and abroad, who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect, and improve the lives of others, around the corner or around the globe, who are most in need.
The Orioles recognize local Birdland Community Heroes at Oriole Park during every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday home game.
MAY 19 - DR. KALA VISVANATHAN; for her dedication to preventing both breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Dr. Visvanathan is a cancer epidemiologist and a practicing medical oncologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Visvanathan serves as a mentor and advisor to the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians and is one of the researchers working with the John Fetting Fund for Breast Cancer Prevention, the recipients of the proceeds of this year's Mother's Day Jersey Auction.
MAY 20 - KIM COBLE; for 25 years of service and leadership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). Coble is CBF's Vice President of Environmental Protection and Restoration, where she directs all policy, advocacy, and restoration efforts through the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In addition, she serves on the boards of Agro-Ecology, Maryland Leadership Workshops, and Restore America's Estuaries.
MAY 21 - JAMES BARNES; for his passion for helping the poor and homeless get back on their feet. In addition to working at Oriole Park, Barnes is a volunteer and leader for Health Care for the Homeless, participating in a committee that guides the agency on how it can better serve the community. Once lacking a job and a home himself, he shares his story with diverse audiences through the local Speakers' Bureau to raise awareness about homelessness.
Through the Orioles' Great Americana Music Weekends, the club will also continue the tradition of celebrating American principles and ideals with live performances of classic, American songs during the seventh-inning stretch featuring "This Land Is Your Land" on Fridays, "America, The Beautiful" on Saturdays, and "God Bless America" on Sundays.
THURSDAY, MAY 18
HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY, BROOKS ROBINSON
Orioles Legend Brooks Robinson turned 80 years old today. To celebrate his birthday, the Orioles are collecting fan memories via Twitter and Facebook and conducting a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Brooks Robinson/Orioles prize pack. Fans are encouraged to enter by sharing memories, memorabilia, and photos on Twitter using #HappyBirthdayBrooks, or by commenting on the Orioles' pinned Facebook post using #HappyBirthdayBrooks with a favorite story or memory of Mr. Oriole. Fans must enter today by 11:59 p.m. to be entered to win a prize pack that includes a Brooks Robinson autographed baseball. For full details and official rules fans should visit www.orioles.com/Brooks.
FRIDAY, MAY 19
Friday nights are Student Nights at Oriole Park. Any student with a valid ID may purchase a Left Field Upper Reserve ticket for only $7 at every Friday home game during the 2017 regular season. Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office ticket windows at Oriole Park in advance or on the day of the game, subject to availability.
FIREWORKS NIGHT PRESENTED BY KAISER PERMANENTE
On Friday, May 19, the Orioles will showcase their first Friday Fireworks Night presented by Kaiser Permanente. Fireworks will be set off approximately 10 minutes following the conclusion of the game. There will be four more Friday Fireworks Nights throughout the remainder of the season (June 16, July 21, August 18, and September 22).
SATURDAY, MAY 20
ORIOLES TO HOST 'CELEBRATE MARYLAND DAY' ON SATURDAY
During Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, which is now sold out, all Orioles players, coaches, and uniformed personnel will wear special Orioles Maryland flag script jerseys and Maryland flag themed caps, which will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online at www.orioles.com/auctions to benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation. Additionally, the official bases used during the game will feature Maryland flag jewels on the sides. The bases will also be authenticated and auctioned online. Additionally, all fans in attendance will receive Orioles Maryland Flag script replica jerseys, presented by Morgan State University. Prior to the game, United States Senators BEN CARDIN and CHRIS VAN HOLLEN will throw out the ceremonial first pitches. Born in Baltimore, Senator Cardin has served the people of Maryland for more than 50 years as a U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Maryland Delegate, and Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. Son of a Baltimore native, Senator Van Hollen was elected to the Senate in the fall of last year after previously serving Marylanders for more than 26 years as U.S. Representative, Maryland Delegate, and Maryland State Senator.
BOY SCOUT NIGHT AT ORIOLE PARK
Over 1,300 Baltimore Area Boy Scouts and their families will be in attendance for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays for Boy Scout Night at Oriole Park. Members of the Boy Scouts will present the lineup card, conduct the color guard ceremonies, and enjoy an inning of the game in the grounds crew cage.
JUNIOR ORIOLES DUGOUT CLUB GAME
Thousands of children who participate in the Junior Orioles Dugout Club will be in attendance on Saturday to root for the Orioles. The game will be the second of the season for Ace Plan members. Kids ages 14 and under who join the Club receive a membership card, a lanyard and ticket holder, a subscription to Orioles Kids magazine, an Orioles cap, sport socks, tickets to six pre-selected Orioles games, all in a Dugout Club backpack. Friends and family members of Dugout Club members can purchase tickets on Dugout Club days for as low as $6 each. While the Ace Plan is sold out, the Slugger Plan is still available for fans to purchase. Fans can visit orioles.com/dugoutclub to learn more.
SUNDAY, MAY 21
YOUTH BASEBALL DAY PRESENTED BY RIPKEN BASEBALL
On Sunday, May 21, the Orioles will host this season's second Youth Baseball Day presented by Ripken Baseball, when more than 10,000 pre-registered youth baseball and softball players will participate in a pre-game parade around the warning track and be greeted by Orioles players as they walk by the dugout. Teams, dressed in their uniforms, will carry banners and wave to their family members as they round the field.
COUNTRY DUO LOCASH TO THROW CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH
On Sunday, May 21, country duo LOCASH will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 1:35 p.m. game against the Blue Jays. LOCASH includes PRESTON BRUST and Baltimore native CHRIS LUCAS. Their most recent album, The Fighters, features their first No. 1 hit "I Know Somebody" and "I Love This Life."
KIDS RUN THE BASES PRESENTED BY WEIS MARKETS
Sundays are family days at the ballpark, when all fans ages 4-14 will be able to participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases, presented by Weis Markets. This is the fourth of 13 Sunday home games when kids can round the bases like their favorite Orioles.
MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM PRESENTED BY GEICO
As part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Program presented by GEICO, the Orioles and OriolesREACH donate a catered, private suite at each Sunday home game to servicemen and women. This Sunday, May 21, military members from 3RD BATTALION 166TH REGIMENT, ARMY INSTRUCTORS will enjoy the game against the Blue Jays in a suite, experience a meet-and-greet with BRAD BRACH and CHRIS TILLMAN, and receive a T-shirt and cap.
STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY
The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest during every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest challenges a young fan to race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base and back. Fans can enter the contest at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day's game, an Orioles/ESSKAY jersey T-shirt and an Orioles cap. The contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. The participant for Sunday, May 21, is CAMDEN COOKE, a 9-year-old from Waldorf, Md.
MONDAY, MAY 22
ORIOLES ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES
Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. On May 22, former Orioles JACKIE BRANDT, LARRY SHEETS, AND FRED VALENTINE will sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the autograph location will take place on the Lower Level Concourse near the Fan Assistance Center behind home plate.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
FIELD TRIP DAY PRESENTED BY MASN & WJZ-TV
On Wednesday, May 24, over 10,000 students from local schools will attend the 12:35 p.m. game against the Twins, for the 10th annual Field Trip Day presented by MASN and WJZ-TV. The students will have an opportunity to learn about weather from WJZ-TV's MARTY BASS, JESSICA KARTALIJA, BOB TURK, and TIM WILLIAMS and Orioles Head Groundskeeper NICOLE McFADYEN and National Weather Service Meteorologist CHRIS STRONG. WJZ's MARCUS WASHINGTON will also sing the national anthem.