There have been plenty of stories to come out of FanFest over the past few years. Whether it was re-signing Miguel Tejada or the potential signing of Vladimir Guerrero or the death of legendary manager Earl Weaver, FanFest seems to be at the center of offseason Orioles’ news.
I’m not sure that will be the case today, when the Baltimore Convention Center plays host to Orioles FanFest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (season plan holders can get in at 10 a.m.).
The Orioles’ roster is nearly set with spring training about to start in a little more than two weeks. There will be a few more signings, I’d imagine in the near future. The wish list includes a speedy, defensive outfielder, a veteran starting pitcher at a reasonable, one-year deal or minor-league contract and another solid reliever to add to an outstanding corps.
There probably isn’t an impact move remaining, however, and certainly not one that would top the re-signing of slugger Mark Trumbo.
Executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter – along with most of the club’s players and staff – will be at FanFest, signing autographs and participating in question-and-answer forums.
We’ll be there too.
For the first time, BaltimoreBaseball.com will have its own booth at FanFest. Ours will be next to the BARCS’ pet calendar booth on the main floor, not far from where MASN is set up. Steve Cockey, our founder and web producer, will be there the whole time, helping you download our app, answering any questions you may have and registering you for a couple great giveaways, including autographed jerseys.
I’ll be there at the booth for a large chunk of the day, when I’m not on the third floor conducting player interviews. When I’m at the booth, I’ll be helping out Steve, and selling and inscribing copies of my $15 book, “100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” Please stop by to say hello and let us know how BaltimoreBaseball.com can be better in 2017.
I’ll also be part of the media forum at 5 p.m. with several of my fellow writers and broadcasters.
We look forward to meeting everyone at FanFest.