With less than two weeks to go before the O’s home opener, comes some terrible news this morning regarding our beloved Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Per the Baltimore Sun, the center field wall ivy that, while not as iconic as the outfield ivy at Wrigley Field in Chicago, nonetheless is synonymous with “The Yard,” had to be ripped down due to a soil pathogen.
The ivy that grows up the wall beyond centerfield at Oriole Park, and contributes to its widely imitated retro feel, was attacked by a soil-borne pathogen and had to be pulled out earlier this month, said Nicole Sherry, the head groundskeeper.
“It broke my heart to tear it down,” Sherry said Tuesday. “I know how much it means to the fans, and it was sad to see it go.”
Sherry hopes to replant this spring or fall, but for now, the “batter’s eye” — the wall behind the pitcher in the hitter’s line of sight — will instead bear a fresh coat of the park’s signature “Camden Green” paint.
I’ll do my best to not take this as a bad omen as the 2011 season approaches…but damn. I really love that ivy.