Wednesday April 29th, 2015

Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne did his best Jim Nantz impression Wednesday during Major League Baseball's first regular season game ever closed to the public.

The empty confines of Camden Yards during the Orioles' 8–2 win were quiet enough to merit a tonal downshift in Thorne's voice, just as CBS's Nantz has become known for during golf telecasts, including the Masters. 

During an Adam Jones at-bat in the seventh inning, Thorne lowered his register and described the scene as if Jones were hitting a fairway drive. 

"Adam Jones has a double, and that Green Jacket is well within reach, Jim," Thorne quipped. 

Check out Thorne's tribute below (h/t Ben Rothenberg for the tweet).

Protestors and rioters have clashed with police in Baltimore since Saturday night following a parade honoring the life of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. Gray died April 19.

Major League Baseball decided to postpone the team's games on Monday and Tuesday, and hold Wednesday's game closed to the public. Fans were held inside Camden Yards during the end of Saturday night's game against the Boston Red Sox due to escalating protests outside the stadium.

Orioles game postponed amid protests in Baltimore

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