You must visit The Inner...
You must visit The Inner Harbor -- all of it! The National Aquarium, The Maryland Science Center, and all of the shops and restaurants in between! The crabs! Maryland blue crabs, that is! Crabs & beer are a tradition here -- Not just food, but a social event!
The Team Captain, Jason Varitek is the Catcher. Even though he has struggled a bit offensively of late, he is invaluable playing his position in the field. He is renowned for his ability to work with Pitchers and get the most effective performances from them.
On April 22, 2007 in a game against the New York Yankees, Varitek hit the final of four consecutive Home Runs for the Red Sox, tying a Major League Baseball record.
Baltimore City has over 200 neighborhoods and there are more in Baltimore County.
My husband grew up in Rogers Forge in Baltimore County-between York Rd and Bellona Avenue, just north of city line. The neighborhood consists of row houses (town houses) which were built in the 40s and 50s.
Pictured is the house my husband lived in. It is the end house on the row so it has side windows. Behind the house is an alley - the houses have small (40s era car size) garages off the alley, and they also had a cut-out in the alley so they could park another car there without blocking the alley (photo 3)
During WWII, they leased part of the house out to another couple. My father-in-law, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law lived on the second floor and my husband slept in the attic. The couple that rented from them lived on the first floor. After the war, the renters left, and my future in-laws moved back downstairs.
I grew up in Roland Park, which is in Baltimore City. We lived on St. Johns Road between Roland Avenue and the railroad tracks. Our house was the original farmhouse of the district - it had a pantry and a woodshed, but did not originally have indoor plumbing. (photo 5)
Roland Park is between Tuscany Road, Canterbury Road and Wilmslow Road on the east, University Parkway, Falls Road and Jones Falls Espressway on the south and west and Northern Parkway on the north. Our side of Roland Avenue was the "50 cent side" where the homes were smaller. It was laid out by George Kessler. The west side was the "dollar side" and was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
Roland Park indirectly derives its name from Lake Roland, located to the north, which in turn is named for a Baltimore County landowner, Roland Thornberry. Development plans were begun in 1890, when William Edmunds decided to subdivide 100 acres of his property lying between Roland Avenue (then Maryland Avenue), Wynhurst Avenue, Cold Spring Lane, and the new Baltimore and Lehigh Railroad (later the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad) along the Stony Run.
Good & Evil in a Great Sports Town
Baltimore is a city full of passionate sports fans. If you visit here, it's good to know who are the heros and who are the devils in the minds of Baltimore fans. Knowing this could improve the reception you get from the denizens of local sports fans.
The Gods: Cal Ripken Jr., Johnny Unitas, Eddie Murray, Brooks Robinson, Alan Ameche, Earl Weaver, Ray Lewis.
The Devils: Robert Irsay (for moving the Colts to Indianapolis), Jeffrey Maier (yes, that 12-year-old Yankees fan, for turning a fly out into a Derek Jeter home run that won game 2 of the 1996 ALCS), Armando Bemitez (for choking in big games), John Elway (for spurning Baltimore after the Colts drafted him), Raphael Palmeiro (for getting his 3000th hit and then testing positive for steroids a week later) and Peter Angelos (for being a bad micro-managing owner).
Even though Art Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1995, he wouldn't be considered a hero here because most Baltimore fans, still feeling the pain of the Colts' move, felt a little guilty about the way the Ravens ended up here.
Anyway, if you want to make friends instantly with a Baltimore sports fan, say something bad about Robert Irsay and you're golden. People cheered his death unapologetically!
Baltimore's Perfect Crab Cake
To enjoy one of Baltimore's best crab cakes you must take a trip to the Lexington Market. Most restaurants, cafe, bars, etc. have their own version of a crab cake, but very few will come close to the perfection that you will enjoy at FAIDLEY Sometimes you must elbow your way to the counter to place your order. A nice round sweet crabcake will be delivered to you on a paper plate and then you must find a place to stand to enjoy the very best that Baltimore has to offer.