Greater Baltimore Committee's 23rd Annual Lunch with the Orioles Is Rite of Spring in Baltimore

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Greater Baltimore Committee

    BALTIMORE, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 650 business executives
 celebrated the beginning of the baseball season, feted the 2001 Orioles and
 heard Cal Ripken vow not to retire anytime soon during the Greater Baltimore
 Committee's 23rd annual Lunch With the Orioles Wednesday.
     The entire Orioles team and coaching staff attended the annual "welcome
 home" event, which is staged by the GBC, the region's most prominent group of
 business leaders, as a show of strong business support for baseball in
 Baltimore.
     The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, featured a ceremonial
 first pitch by Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley to Elrod Hendricks.  The former
 catcher and long-time Orioles coach will be inducted into the Orioles Hall
 of Fame this year.
     Prior to the lunch, fans in business suits mingled among baseball exhibits
 from the Babe Ruth Museum and the Ripken Museum, endured taunting from the
 Oriole Bird, and tried their arms in a pitching cage which measured the
 velocity of their fastballs.
     Thomas E. Marr, a supervisor at T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., won the
 prize for the fastest pitch of the day, which was clocked at 63 mph.
     During the luncheon program, Orioles second baseman Jerry Hairston served
 as team spokesman, thanking the business community for its strong support and
 enthusiasm.
     During a question and answer session, third baseman Ripken fended off the
 perennial question of whether this would be his last year as a player.
     "Physically, I feel good.  Mentally, I feel like I can compete," said
 Ripken.  He acknowledged that he is "trying to keep up with the youngsters,"
 but as for retirement, "I'm not there yet," he said.
     The 2001 Lunch with the Orioles was sponsored by Harborplace and the
 Gallery, Guilford Pharmaceuticals, Inc., VPC - Video Production Consulting,
 Inc. and the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.
 
 

SOURCE Greater Baltimore Committee
    BALTIMORE, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 650 business executives
 celebrated the beginning of the baseball season, feted the 2001 Orioles and
 heard Cal Ripken vow not to retire anytime soon during the Greater Baltimore
 Committee's 23rd annual Lunch With the Orioles Wednesday.
     The entire Orioles team and coaching staff attended the annual "welcome
 home" event, which is staged by the GBC, the region's most prominent group of
 business leaders, as a show of strong business support for baseball in
 Baltimore.
     The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, featured a ceremonial
 first pitch by Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley to Elrod Hendricks.  The former
 catcher and long-time Orioles coach will be inducted into the Orioles Hall
 of Fame this year.
     Prior to the lunch, fans in business suits mingled among baseball exhibits
 from the Babe Ruth Museum and the Ripken Museum, endured taunting from the
 Oriole Bird, and tried their arms in a pitching cage which measured the
 velocity of their fastballs.
     Thomas E. Marr, a supervisor at T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., won the
 prize for the fastest pitch of the day, which was clocked at 63 mph.
     During the luncheon program, Orioles second baseman Jerry Hairston served
 as team spokesman, thanking the business community for its strong support and
 enthusiasm.
     During a question and answer session, third baseman Ripken fended off the
 perennial question of whether this would be his last year as a player.
     "Physically, I feel good.  Mentally, I feel like I can compete," said
 Ripken.  He acknowledged that he is "trying to keep up with the youngsters,"
 but as for retirement, "I'm not there yet," he said.
     The 2001 Lunch with the Orioles was sponsored by Harborplace and the
 Gallery, Guilford Pharmaceuticals, Inc., VPC - Video Production Consulting,
 Inc. and the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.
 
 SOURCE  Greater Baltimore Committee