Caleb Joseph decided to sign some autographs for the non-existent (imaginary, if you will) fans at Wednesday afternoon’s ball game. According to Sports Illustrated, the Baltimore Orioles catcher tried (successfully) to make people laugh by heading over to the empty stands, and pretending to sign an autograph. He also waved to the “crowd,” and took his cap off in appreciation as they cheered so loudly that no one could hear them. You know, because they weren’t actually there.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Orioles hosted the Chicago White Sox in an empty Camden Yards today. Officials decided that it would be better to close the gates to the park in hopes of keeping people safe. This decision was made after violent riots broke out following the funeral of Freddie Gray.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 29, 2015
“Before the game, Joseph signed autographs for imaginary fans along the third-base line, then tipped his cap to an adoring (lack of) crowd.”
Major league officials postponed games on Monday and Tuesday night, but agreed to hold Wednesday’s game with a few rules in place. The obvious, of course, is that no fans were allowed to attend the game — this is the first time ever, in the history of baseball, that a game was played in an empty park or stadium.
The teams also had to move the game up five hours, and play at 2:05 p.m. This was to ensure that all of the players, staff, and media would be off the streets by the 10 p.m. curfew put into place by the mayor.
Caleb Joseph had a pretty decent game, and helped his team to an 8-2 win over the White Sox. According to NESN, he went 2 for 4, and had two RBI. Of course, his real fans would have loved to cheer him on from the stands, but keeping people safe was far more important. Joseph’s spot of fun is really making people smile this evening, which is great considering the news that has been coming out of Baltimore this week.
Social media totally digs it. Do you?
@SInow he needs to win some kind of award for this
— Bill Buchanan (@BigActionBill) April 29, 2015
— Matt Tripp (@MattLcore) April 29, 2015
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