Outstanding News from Baltimore

You may recall that Tim and I started a grassroots campaign to bring Ice Cream Helmets (a food receptacle near and dear to our hearts) to Camden Yards (a stadium near and dear to our hearts as well).

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Tim enjoys a Mariners Ice Cream Helmet that we brought with us to Camden Yards in ’09.

For several months, we have planned to start our 2010 campaign in Baltimore at tomorrow’s game between the Blue Jays and Orioles — just like we ended last season.

For so many reasons, we have been excited for this game.  But my excitement quadrupled this afternoon when my wife forwarded the following email (from her friend) to me at work:

Thought you and Todd would like to see the email I got from Camden Yards:
 
Dear Ms. Werner, Thank you for contacting the Orioles. The Orioles are pleased to have ice cream helmets available at Camden Yards this season, sponsored by Carvel. They can be found at Carvel stands located around the ballpark. We look forward to seeing you at the Yard! 

Sincerely,
Carey Paytas
Communications Assistant
Baltimore Orioles

 

To say that I was excited would be a huge understatement.  I checked my own personal email account on my cellphone and found this waiting for me:

Dear Mr. Cook,

Thank you for contacting the Orioles.

The Orioles are pleased to have ice cream helmets available at Camden Yards this season, sponsored by Carvel. They can be found at Carvel stands located around the ballpark. We look forward to seeing you at the Yard!

Sincerely,
Carey Paytas
Communications Assistant
Baltimore Orioles

All I could say was, “YES!  YES!  YES!  YES!  YES!…HISTORY!!!!”

A Perfect Email!

But that wasn’t it.  I had an email from a certain Texas Baseball Fan, Brian Powell (who will get the privilege of seeing my Mariners beat his Rangers this weekend — hopefully):

 

Just received this email today! Good news for you!

— On Fri, 4/9/10, Orioles Customer Service <birdmail@orioles.com> wrote:

From: Orioles Customer Service <birdmail@orioles.com>
Subject: RE: bal – Other – None – Ice Cream Helmets
To: “Brian Powell”
Date: Friday, April 9, 2010, 3:59 PM

Dear Mr. Powell,
Thank you for contacting the Orioles.
The Orioles are pleased to have ice cream helmets available at Camden Yards this season, sponsored by Carvel. They can be found at Carvel stands located around the ballpark. We look forward to seeing you at the Yard!
Sincerely,
Carey Paytas
Communications Assistant
Baltimore Orioles
 

 

 Via a blog comment, word came in from Hawaii too:

Todd (PA)

Your efforts may have paid off for #18 -

Just got this e-mail this 15 minutes ago —-
Thank you for contacting the Orioles.
The Orioles are pleased to have ice cream helmets available at Camden Yards this season, sponsored by Carvel. They can be found at Carvel stands located around the ballpark. We look forward to seeing you at the Yard!
Sincerely,
Carey Paytas
Communications Assistant
Baltimore Orioles — Todd (HI)

 

My father-in-law had good news to report too:

 WE DID IT!!!!!!!

 
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Orioles Customer Service” <birdmail@orioles.com>
To: Kevin
Sent: Friday, April 9, 2010 4:59:41 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: RE: Ice Cream Helmets

Dear Fan,

Thank you for contacting the Orioles.

The Orioles are pleased to have ice cream helmets available at Camden Yards this season, sponsored by Carvel. They can be found at Carvel stands located around the ballpark. We look forward to seeing you at the Yard!

Sincerely,
Carey Paytas
Communications Assistant
Baltimore Orioles

The West Coast got into the action too:
 
Todd & Tim:

I saw your blog and figured I’d forward my notification, too!  Great work–power to the people.  :-)

~Matt

PS  Hope to see you when you’re in CA in June.

Matthew Jackson


Subject: RE: bal – Other – None – Ice Cream Helmets
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 16:59:54 -0400
From: birdmail@orioles.com
To:
Matt Jackson

Dear Mr. Jackson,
Thank you for contacting the Orioles.
The Orioles are pleased to have ice cream helmets available at Camden Yards this season, sponsored by Carvel. They can be found at Carvel stands located around the ballpark. We look forward to seeing you at the Yard!
Sincerely,
Carey Paytas
Communications Assistant
Baltimore Orioles

(We hope to see you too, Matt.  Thanks for your help!)
 

 

So, you know what?  The people spoke and the Orioles listened!

How cool is it that this person’s job today was to email us this message.  I imagine a staff meeting this morning at Camden Yards:  Boss says, “Now, Carey, I want you to email these Ice Cream Helmet people and let them know the good news.  We’ll have Ice Cream Helmets for them this season!”  Carey responds, “No problem, boss.  But I have to finish that other project first.  I will email them this afternoon prior to the start of the game.  Don’t worry, everyone will know the good news!”

A huge, huge “thank you” to each and every person who helped out with this cause.  My solo comments to the O’s fan assistance office (which is staffed with a bevy of kind and helpful personnel) and emails to the O’s over the past several seasons couldn’t do the trick.  It took a team effort.  It took the help of people like Brian, Todd (HI), my wife’s friend, my father-in-law, and all of the folks who emailed the O’s or commented on the ‘Project Baltimore” entry.

Unless this is a huge and cruel hoax, Tim and I will be enjoying some chocolate ice cream in shiny new O’s ice cream helmets tomorrow.  We will report back with all of the details.

Big thanks and respect to the Orioles for addressing this important issue.  We are officially pulling for the O’s to win the AL East in 2010!

I’ll leave you with something unrelated (but related).  A glimpse into what Tim and I will do tomorrow morning before heading down to Baltimore in the afternoon:

12 Comments

Congrats Todd and Tim on getting the helmets down to Baltimore! on my trip I’ll buy one and put it on my blog with a shoutout to you guys. can’t wait to hear about today’s entry. my first game is tommorow at citi, I am pumped. Joe

Small victories, BIG fun! Maybe we should use you guys to start getting our govt working a little better!

http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

I have been to the game , and i have had the i think 6 dollar ice cream soft serve vanilla choco helmet and it tasted sooo good . No hoaxes

TERPANESE-
We have confirmation! Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it! We’ll be enjoying them as well in several hours.

TERPANESE-
We have confirmation! Excellent. Thanks for letting me know. Glad you enjoyed.

RAYSFANBOY-
“Small”? This is huge!

also the new lemonade they have is pretty good to its like 475 -5 dollars , and on the eutaw street side there are vendors selling like orioles stuffed animals if tim wants one

This is awesome news!! Ice cream helmets can be the coolest collector’s item, and recyclable for use at home. Nothing says baseball games at home with those summer cookouts like ice cream from your favorite baseball team’s mini-helmet. I’ll have to talk with the concessions manager and general manager for the independent league team I work with in the summer about this nifty piece of fun with our ice cream vendor. Not only would baseball fans love it, but so would the kids, and it could be that little souvenir that some parents would be glad to get for their son, daughter, grandkid, niece, nephew, you see where I’m going with that. I’ll let you know what can be done about this, and have fun at your next game with your ice cream helmet of goodness.

Great news Todd and Tim. Just brought 5 tix for 125 for O’s/Yanks down in Bmore on june 10…good luck this season.

James
http://gatheringbaseballs.mlblogs.com/

Can’t wait to get back out to Camden Yards now and complete my O’s collection (I try to get a cup & helmet from each stadium visited) Kudos to all who worked hard on this effort!

Woohoo! Congrats on the helmet ice cream. I was having some frozen yogurt in one of my helmets when I got your post.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

hey great blog great to be in the 2010 season check out my blog at http://everythingbaseball.mlblogs.com

CMLRUN-
Thanks. Good luck with your independent league team. My local minor league team (Reading Phillies) have three different ice cream helmets. So the minor leagues like ice cream helmets too!

JAMES-
You’ll no doubt have a blast in Baltimore.

SAFFYER-
You better get back to Camden Yards pronto and get in on the Orioles ice cream helmet action! By the way, I asked a lady working at the carvel stand down the 1B line about the ice cream helmets and she indicated they have been very popular so far.

EMMA-
Thanks! Frozen yogurt works too. That’s what they had at the Kingdome.

CUBFANFUL-
Thanks.

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