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This Is What An Empty Baltimore Orioles Game Looks Like

04/29/2015 02:16 pm ET | Updated Apr 30, 2015

The scene at Orioles Park at Camden Yards was quiet on Wednesday as the Baltimore Orioles faced off against the Chicago White Sox. No fans were allowed into the stadium, leaving the stands empty -- the first time that's ever happened in the history of Major League Baseball.

The decision to close the game to the public was made in light of the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore. People have taken to the streets to march in the name of the late 25-year-old after he died this month from a spinal injury while in police custody.

The league planned to incorporate all the normal aspects of an MLB game, including the national anthem and seventh-inning stretch, according to MSNBC political correspondent Kasie Hunt.

"It's all about what's best for the city and the safety of our people," Buck Showalter, the Orioles manager, told the Associated Press. "The last thing you want to do is put the fans in harm's way. You have to err on the side of safety."

The Orioles beat the White Sox, 8-2. Tough to say how much of a factor home-field advantage was, because... yeah. No one was there to cheer them on.

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