Aberdeen Ironbirds, Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen, (410) 297-9292, www.ironbirdsbaseball.com Cal's minor league team enters its seventh season. Ripken Stadium shares space with the Little League's Big Games and feeds into the Orioles. Hello, Field of Dreams.
Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise St., Annapolis, (410) 263-9279, www.annapolisyc.com Cruise the waters and pretend you're a Kennedy.
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, 216 Emory St., (410) 727-1539, baberuthmuseum.com, $6, seniors $4, children ages 3-12 $3, members free. George Herman 'Babe' Ruth was born in this rowhouse in 1895; now it houses a tribute full of memories of Baltimore's favorite swinging son.
Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., (410) 685-9800, www.mlb.orioles.com Even with construction, we've got the best stadium. Get the $12 cheap seats, mingle with families and die-hards--even if they're covered in Boston or Yankees gear, boo!--and cheer extra hard so we can beat those stupid Yankees.
Bonaire Charters, near Charlottesville, Va., (434) 981-5260, www.bonaire-charters.com, $210. More romantic than a private helicopter, and less motion than a boat, sail through the air with a professional license balloon pilot. Special occasion? A bottle of champagne is included with the ticket price.
Bowie Baysox, Prince George's Stadium, 4101 NE Crain Highway, Bowie, (301) 805-6000, www.baysox.com The thud of the bat, the cheer of the stands. . . . You wear white socks with your sneakers at the gym, your red socks have got that funky foot stink, but your bay socks? They're your lucky pair.
Budds Creek, 27963 Budds Creek Road, Mechanicsville, (301) 475-2000, www.buddscreek.com We know it says 'creek,' but this place is all dirt. Pro Moto-X, amateur events, and lessons Motorcycle Hall of Famers on miles and miles of dirt.
Charm City Roller Girls, Putty Hill Skateland, 8025 Belair Road, www.charmcityrollergirls.com Yeah, we do that traditional sports stuff, but when it comes to gettin' rough, it's the ladies that throw down.
D.C. United, RFK Stadium, Independence Avenue and 22nd Street SE, Washington, (703) 478-6600, www.dcunited.com So we lost Edu, and California got Beckham, but with enough beer and enough cheer, glory can be restored.
Delmarva Shorebirds, 6400 Hobbs Road, Salisbury, (410) 219-3112, www.theshorebirds.com We know Shorebirds don't ROAR or BITE, they just kind of CAW, but near the bay in the stadium everything changes.
Frederick Keys, Harry Grove Stadium, 21 Stadium Drive, Frederick, (301) 815-9940, www.frederickkeys.com Back in the 80s, when the O's had a chance of winnin' it all, the Big Guys came from this little team.
Pimlico, 5201 Park Heights Ave., (410) 542-9400, www.marylandracing.com Kentucky, what? Lower the chances, the higher we bid, you know, for fun.
Sports Legends at Camden Yards, 301 W Camden St., (410) 727-1539, baberuthmuseum.com, $10, seniors $8, children ages 3-12 $6.50, members free. Home for all the state's sports including the historic Baltimore Colts, Negro League teams, Preakness, and the Orioles' Hall of Fame. Exhibits include Framing the Game: The Art of Our Sports and one about Johnny Unitas.
Washington Freedom, RFK Stadium, Independence Avenue and 22nd Street SE, Washington, (703) 478-6600, www.washingtonfreedom.com All in all, it's the women's team we called our bookies about.
Washington Mystics, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, (202) 628-3200, www.washingtonmystics.com Maybe if there's more of us in the stands they'll get paid as much as the Wizards.
Washington Nationals, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, www.mlb.nationals.com They took notes from Camden Yards when they decided to include Ben's Chili Bowl for stadium hot dogs. It's hard to see a game without Boog's, but we think you can do it.
All-StarTennis Academy, through August, Druid Hill Court, 2600 Madison Ave., (410) 396-7019, $65 per week, $375 for seven weeks. Education and instruction for kids 5-8. After your kid's Nike endorsement deal they can pay you back.
Baltimore Blast Soccer Camp, through August, Myers Soccer Pavilion, 4300 West Bay Ave., (410) 396-5782, $120. Indoor and outdoor instruction for kiddos ages 5-15 from the Blast superstars.
Open Play/Drop In Soccer, through August, William J. Myers Soccer Pavilion, 4300 West Bay Ave., (410) 396-5782, $5. Complete anarchy meets Futbooool, when all skill levels, adults and teens, drop in, drop out, assist a goal, and prepare to bring soccer gold to the 2020 Olympics.
Hidden River Kayak Tour, May 25-Oct. 4, Schuylkill River, Manayunk Pa., 4120 Main St., (215) 482-9565, www.manayunk.com, $50. Join the second season navigating the Schuykill River. They really know what we're into there, because the group meets and the ends for dinner at a local brewery.
Triple Crown of Cycling, June 3-8, 2650 Audubon Road, Philadelphia, Pa., (610) 676-0390, www.procyclingtour.com Twenty-five cycling teams bike 85 miles to a photo finish across Pennsylvania. Our knees ache just thinking about it.
Ray's Summer Days, June 5-7, (305) 535-9937, www.rayssummerdays.com, process vary, as do the locations. Benefiting the Ray Lewis Foundation, special events for this sporty weekend include a gala and auction at Martin's West Thursday night, American Airlines Golf Classic at Woodlawn Friday afternoon, and a youth fitness clinic in Patterson Park Sunday morning.
League of Dreams Baseball Camp, June 7, Rockdale Park, 3326 N. Rolling Road, Randallstown, (410) 396-5766, $20. If you provide a 5-18 camp for children with disabilities, we will come.
Every Step Counts, June 7, Bello Machre, 7765 Freetown Road, Glen Burnie, 410-255-3805, www.bellomachre.com Hike, bike, blade, step--heck, why doncha skip'--across the finish line to benefit children and adults with developmental disorders.
AST Dew Tour Panasonic Open, June 19-22, Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., www.ast.com, $15-$100. There was a time when we could drive to Philly for the X Games, but then our XTREME! Heroes packed up and moves to Los Angeles, and we've been bereft ever since . . . AST brought the program to Camden Yards. Last year Baltimore heroes and Baltimore unknowns took the titles. This year we're hoping for a Charm City sweep.
Baltimore Women's Classic, June 22, Baltimore Museum of Industry,1415 Key Highway, www.baltimoreswomensclassic.co.., registration $15-$35. The nation's second oldest 5K promotes health and benefits cancer.
Cal Ripken World Series, Aug. 8-16, Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen, (410) 823-0808, worldseries.ripkenbaseball.com.. Future Cals fulfill World Series dreams in this national championship.
Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Aug. 9-17, William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, Washington, (202) 721-9500, www.leggmasontennisclassic.com, $20 to $40. So you missed Preakness and wanted to hobnob and high-fa-lute it? Find your Ray Bans and Lacoste polo and get on it, buddy.
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