The Orioles announced plans for their Opening Day ceremonies on Wednesday, promoting the game that will kick off their 55th season. Baltimore will play host to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at 3:05 p.m. ET, and there are several introductory measures designed to pay homage to a proud franchise and to appeal to the team's loyal fan-base.
The ceremonies will have a familiar feel, thanks to the presence of some recognizable faces. Studio host Jim Hunter will serve as the emcee for the day and former general manager Hank Peters will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Peters will be escorted to the mound by his current counterpart, Andy MacPhail, and will throw to former catcher Rick Dempsey.
Color guards from all five branches of the military -- Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard -- will present the colors before the game and local resident Richard Troxell, an American tenor, will sing the national anthem for the sixth straight season. While he sings, a giant American flag will be unfurled over the blackened batter's eye.
The anthem will be punctuated by a flyover from four A-10 jets operated by Air Force pilots. And after that, Baltimore manager Dave Trembley and his assorted players will run through the center field gate and over an orange carpet to take their places between first and second base. Accordingly, members of the Rays will be arrayed between second and third.
One lucky fan will get a front-row seat for the proceedings. Baltimore will select one representative at random as the "10th man," and that fan will be introduced as a part of the home team's starting lineup.
The Orioles will introduce several new features of Camden Yards, chief among them new scoreboards in both center field and right field. Baltimore has also installed new ribbon boards on the facing of the club level and upper deck. The Orioles also have a new All-You-Can-Eat section in left field that may entice budget-minded customers.
The doors to Camden Yards will open up at noon, allowing fans plenty of time to walk around the ballpark and find their seats. The pregame ceremonies will begin at 2:30, and the Orioles will incorporate their new entertainment system into the proceedings. Baltimore is also expected to pay tribute to deceased members of the organizational family.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.