Monday night’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox at Baltimore’s Camden Yards had to be postponed, but not because of rain, snow, lightning, or any of the other usual reasons. Instead, the game has been postponed due to safety concerns for the fans and players as sometimes-violent protests continue to rock Baltimore’s streets, the center of which is dangerously close to the Orioles’ ballpark.
The city of Baltimore has been in turmoil since the death of Freddie May, an African-American man who died in police custody, the result of a mysterious spinal injury which, as of yet, has not been properly explained. His funeral was held on Monday.
Protestors near the ballpark have clashed with SWAT personel in riot gear, leading to more than a dozen arrests already. Just this weekend, fans at the game were warned to stay at the park following the conclusion of the Orioles’ game against the Red Sox due to the same concerns. That game eventually ended in extra innings, and both fans and players were able to leave the stadium and return safely home. With protests still ongoing, the team thought it best not to tempt fate and risk any kind of situation before, during, or after the game.
Nearly 1,000 fans were already inside the stadium when the game was postponsed, about a half hour before scheduled first pitch. No makeup date has been announced.
To read more about the ongoing situation in Baltimore, read Jacob Jordan’s take on the situation over at Today’s Knuckleball by clicking here.