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March 16, 2009

The Orioles agree to play "How 'Bout Dem O's"

oriole parkWitness the power of Midnight Sun!

Or maybe it was the power of ruthless, arm-twisting negotiations by a few local musicians.

Either way, the Orioles have agreed to play "How 'Bout Dem Os" about 10 minutes before game time at nearly every home game this season.

Did you miss the first post about the song? Dig it. ...


"If the song takes off, then they will add it into highlight reels, commercials, maybe more," musician Mike Ward wrote in an e-mail. "So for now it's on a trial basis."

Way to go, guys! Here's the real question, are they paying you any royalties? If so, I want my cut!

(Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:45 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Local music


Hey Sam!

This is exciting news for us for sure. I wanted to clarify though that how frequently they play the song is up in the air. It could only be one time or it could be every home game. Sounds like it depends on the crowd response so if anyone reading this likes the song and is at the game when it's played, do your best hootin and hollerin.

Thanks for the support!

This is a GREAT song and has "hit" written all over it! Congratulations!

Congrats to the guys who did the song, it is nice to see the O's utilizing the talents of local musicians who are O's fans.

For the record, it wasn't like that 17 years ago, when the Orioles moved to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. There was a song about the move that was adopted by WBAL Radio for all of their Oriole Promotions for the move. It was also being played leading up to the first game at Camden Yards by every major radio station in Baltimore. However, Dr. Steinberg (who was the head of stadium productions at the time) was totally non-supportive and dismissive on the use of the song (yet every radio station in town had played it, it was used all along the parade route of the Orioles coming to Camden Yards, and it was used by WBAL, the Orioles flagship station).

Yes, it was my song. It was a very well produced song about, "Goodbye 33rd Street, Hello Camden Yards........Memorial, you've been a friend to me, but Oriole Park is now the place to be!" I sincerely congratulate the writers/producers/artists, I am glad local guys are getting the exposure from the Birds. At least the Red Sox are stuck with Stienberg!

I heard this on WTMD a couple times. Go O's!

Yeah this has hit on it. I love it.

Steinberg works for the Dodgers now.

This is a great song and is different than any other we have had. I would like to hear it on TV and radio commercials. It can get the fever going.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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