I'm the first to admit that the Baltimore Orioles aren't always the best with their promotions. But every now and then they nail it, and this is definitely one of those times.
New Oriole Wei-Yin Chen has been great for the Orioles this season, easily their best starting pitcher when you take into account Jason Hammel's injury. And as much as I've enjoyed watching him pitch, I've enjoyed seeing the pride exhibited for him in stadiums around baseball as he represents Taiwan, just one of eight players from there in the history of baseball.
On Thursday, August 9th, the Orioles will give out 10,000 of the t-shirts shown above, with Orioles on the front and Chen on the back written in Mandarin Chinese. To make things even better, Chen is scheduled to be the starting pitcher on Thursday.
From the press release from the Orioles:
Chen is scheduled to start Thursday, subject to change. Due to limited availability, fans interested in receiving a T-shirt are strongly advised to arrive as close to 5:00 p.m. as possible for the opening of the Eutaw Street Gates (Gates A & H). Other ballpark gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
So if you're planning on going, get there early. And you'd probably be best off getting your tickets ahead of time to avoid the walk up crowd (not to mention the day of surcharge, argh).