Baltimore Ravens Join Dundalk Fans For Dinner at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
For three years, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood owner John Minadakis has been bringing Baltimore Ravens to Dundalk twice a year for get-togethers with local fans. The event's called "Ravens Festivus Dinner" - a nod to the 2000 Super Bowl team and George Costanza.
Fresh off closing out the regular season with a 12-4 record, a trio of Baltimore Ravens will be coming to Dundalk tonight for dinner at Jimmy's Famous Seafood to mingle with local fans, sign autographs and participate in a Q & A session.
Jimmy's Famous Seafood owner John Minadakis began the Ravens "Festivus" dinners three years ago and the twice-a-year events – capped at 100 tickets – always sell out. Shortly after noon Monday, Minadakis said about 20 tickets remain.
"You usually see all the players going to the big places downtown, and we wanted to do something for the people here and bring them to Dundalk," Minadakis said. "People love the Ravens, especially in Dundalk."
The term "Festivus," as Ravens' fans know well, was adopted by the 2000 Super Bowl squad after then head coach Brian Billick banned the use of the word "playoffs" by members of the team late in the season. "Festivus" was originally coined by the "Seinfeld" character George Costanza a few years earlier as fictitious, alternative holiday celebration.
Monday night's guests at Jimmy's include starting corner back Josh Wilson, punt returner Lardarius Webb and back-up linebacker and special teams player Brendan Ayanbadejo.
Wilson and Webb have combined for five interceptions in the secondary this year. Webb is averaging 10.3 yards per punt return, while Wilson's interception return for a touchdown in overtime against the Houston Texans – after the Ravens had squandered a 21-0 lead – was one of the year's biggest plays.
The menu tonight, Minadakis said, includes Shrimp Creole, pit beef, ham and turkey, as well as crab soup and Caesar salad. The $40 tickets include photos and autographs, and entries into other contests. The event is described as family friendly.
Also on the menu – for discussion certainly – will be the Ravens' upcoming playoff game Sunday at 1 p.m. in Kansas City.
"It's a real intimate setting, everyone gets to talk to the players one-on-one," Minadakis said. "We're happy we're able to do this."