There Is No Joy in Camden, the Fans Have Been Locked Out

Jillian Zahner and Brandon Lilley stand before an empty Camden Yards.

Jillian Zahner and Brandon Lilley stand before an empty Camden Yards.

Athletchic spent time on the streets of Baltimore Saturday afternoon with peaceful demonstrators. By Monday evening, Athletchic couldn’t get home. A SWAT team had surrounded her apartment complex.AdobePhotoshopExpress_2015_04_29_07_36_00

Athletchic questions the City administration’s decision not to accept help from the governor this past weekend. With twitter echoing threats of violence, could Monday’s unrest have been prevented?

Now, for the first time in Baseball history, a professional baseball game will be played without IMG_3310fans. Officials are closing the doors of today’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox.

Questions still remain regarding the death of Freddie Gray. Questions that should and MUST be answered. All men, women and children–in all walks of life–are responsible for their actions. Justice must be served. But in this tumultuous time, let’s not forget what is most important. All lives matter— the lives of our children, the lives of our residents and the lives of IMG_3284our police officers.

As we witnessed in the past 48 hours, sometimes stepping up to the plate doesn’t have anything to do with baseball. Community members, religious leaders, teens, children, parents and especially mothers, are stepping up all around town. They are taking this great City back.

Athletchic is back at home and wants to thank all of the Toya Grahams out there that helped get her home. She is proud to say she lives in Baltimore.

And as for tonight’s game? As a die-hard baseball fan, Athletchic won’t be making the half mile jaunt to Camden Yards. She’ll be watching that first pitch soar past the plate from home.

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Cyndie Zahner is a free lance writer. Follow her on Twitter at @tweetyz or on Instagram as athletchicz.


Baltimore City Protestors Want Answers on the Death of 25 Year Old Freddie Gray



Thousands took to the streets of Baltimore City on Saturday, April 25th to protest the death of 25 year old Baltimorean, Freddie Gray. The protest began peacefully as protestors marched from the West District to Baltimore City Hall in downtown Baltimore. Protests became violent when protestors moved through the city to Oriole Park at Camden Yards where they blocked main roads and tried to stop others from entering the ballgame.


Protestors demanded answers from the Baltimore City Police Department.


A young boy joins the protestors holding a sign with a powerful message, “Stop Killing Black People”.


Protestors hold up signs outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.


A man holds a black American flag during the protest in downtown Baltimore, MD on Saturday, April 25, 2015.


Police call in back-up to help with security for the protestors.


A protestor yells at cops demanding answers for their actions.


Above, Baltimore Police prepare to move their line forward after dozens of people broke into and trashed police cars that were parked along the street.


An innocent man lies on the ground pretending to be tied up as a display for the police during Saturday’s protest.


“Hands up don’t shoot,” protestors yell and display their message in front of the Baltimore Police.


People gather on the bridge the connects the Baltimore Convention Center to the Hilton Hotel to see the Freddie Gray Protestors.


A line of police stand in riot gear during the Freddie Gray Protests.


Violent protestors continued to disrupt the city by breaking windows of nearby businesses and looting. Here is the 7eleven on the corner of Howard Street and Baltimore Street. Looters came in, stole items and the cash registers from the popular downtown convenient store.




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Opening Day: What to do if your Hubby Has a Bromance—The $838 Payback

 Opening Day: What to do if your Hubby Has a Bromance

The $838 Payback



My husband is a sports nerd.

Really, I can’t take much more. Yesterday was Opening Day for the Orioles and they were playing my husband, Jeff’s, favorite team—the Red Sox.

So naturally Jeff was in Baltimore stalking players. He was with my first-born child, Jessie, of whom he’s brainwashed into being a Red Sox fan and this is bad because Jessie is twitter-savvy. The Red Sox made the mistake of posting a picture; Jessie recognized the Baltimore hotel in the picture; and immediately my email began sputtering out picture after picture of Red Sox sightings.


(Image from Red Sox Twitter Account.)

Jeff and I have been married for 32 years so you’d think I’d be use to the Opening Day scramble by now, but I’m not. He took a day off work to drive to Baltimore. You have to understand my irritation. This is a man who wouldn’t take a day off work for our honeymoon, to move his children to college or to drop me off at the hospital to have surgery. He’s a typical fan with a whole set of sports-induced priorities.

Despite the hard feelings, I’m still smiling. He’s with my daughter and what a great relationship they have—scurrying around Baltimore in their running attire, laughing and talking about the big game. I, too, was lucky enough to have had a great relationship with my dad as did Jeff with his dad. So I’m happy that family trait lives on.

My son, Zak, gave an eye-opening speech at his Grandpa Zahner’s wake three years ago. It truly was an aha moment for me. He said through the Red Sox his grandfather had created a way to keep his family together. It was an unbreakable bond. I never realized it until then, but he was right. No matter where life takes them, all three of my children call their Dad after a game. It is a wonderful connection.

As for me? Don’t worry, girls. I’m fine. I am happily covering the home front, but it’s costly. Take a good look at that picture of my husband with Red Sox catcher David Ross. (Is that a dunce cap Jeff has on?) That picture cost him a little more than a trip to Baltimore.

Dad and Ross

Jeff, honey, while you were away…

Allburn Florists — $68 (Jeff’s attempt at damage control.)
The Limited — $250 (Ok this was last week when I found out you were going.)
Ann Taylor — $156 (You have to love 50% off.)
Nike — $132 (Stole some running shoes for $45!)
Church of the Cross — $20 (Feeling a little guilty I didn’t spend more here.)
Full tank of gas — $40 (The mall is an hour away.)
Lunch — $12 (Oh that’s for energy.)
Ben & Jerry’s — $13 (This one’s for you honey.)
Dinner — $47 (Famished.)
Broadway Show — $100 (Well deserved night out.)
Total — $838

Thanks Honey! 

_________________________________________________________________________ Cyndie Zahner is a free lance writer. Follow her on Twitter at @tweetyz or on Instagram as athletchicz.