When Cal Ripken Jr. steps back across the first base line and onto the field at Orioles Park at Camden Yards Monday, the Baltimore Orioles and their fans hope his presence will be a harbinger for the team’s return to glory.

While the Orioles’ great will only be there to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, fans attending the 2007 home opener will look at his presence as a reminder of what the team once was….

Since Ripken’s departure after the 2001 season, the team has suffered on the field — they’ve lost 90 more games than they’ve won, and in the stands — attendance has dropped 30 percent.

But in spite of their lowest attendance in 19 years, the Orioles raised ticket prices for nearly 20 percent of their 2007 home games.

The increase affects 16 of the team’s 81 games played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The team classifies the games as “prime games” and charges $1 to $5 extra per ticket…. (Full Story)

Last Updated on April 9, 2007

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