While using one of my favorite baseball apps on my phone this morning, the screen name of one of the users caught my eye: CamdensDad. Typically, such names aren’t noteworthy — numerous dads create similar account names. Furthermore, this is an age of non-traditional and unusual names, and there’s nothing particularly noteworthy about “Camden” as a girl’s name in of itself. However, a couple items drew my full attention to the profile picture: the Orioles logo framing it, picture showing Camden and her dad in full Orioles regalia.
Orioles fans probably already see where I’m going with this.
For those who haven’t already made the connection, the official name of the Orioles’ home field is Oriole Park at Camden Yards. All the details lead to one unavoidable conclusion: the dude named his daughter after a baseball field. Let that sink in for a moment. Even if that isn’t true — that for some reason the girl’s mom decided years ago, before meeting the father, that she wanted to give that name to a daughter — that poor girl is probably going to need some therapy later in life to deal with that fact/unfortunate coincidence.
It could have been worse. Camden’s Dad could have been a Phillies fan and her name would’ve been Citizen.
Although, as I ponder it, Citizen Appleton has a nice ring to it. Maybe I’ll name my next child that.