Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun
March 25, 2014
The Orioles don't play many weekday afternoon games anymore. This season, the club has only four home games during the week that start before the usual 7:05 p.m. first pitch -- two on Mondays and two on Wednesdays.
Assuming you're either already off work for the season opener Monday (3/31) or aren't going to the game, that eliminates one. And on Labor Day (Sept. 1 against the Minnesota Twins at 1:35 p.m.), most people will already have an off day.
That leaves two options to pretend you have a fever and skip a day of work for a baseball game -- April 16 against the Tampa Bay Rays or May 14 against the Detroit Tigers. Both games start at 12:35 p.m.
It's possible that Orioles fans could see one or two of the past three AL Cy Young Award winners during those afternoon games -- Tampa Bay's David Price (2012) in April, and Detroit's Justin Verlander (2011) or Max Scherzer (2013) a month later.
And both teams should be among the best in the AL this year, so hopefully you will see competitive games.