Flanny’s death bringing out questions about O’s, Angelos

August 29, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. How many fresh starts and new beginnings can the O’s have before we all call their bluff?

The stuff coming out about the Orioles in the past 5 days has been simply brutal. I’ll leave you with one more excerpt from a recent Baltimore Sun article quoting Dan Rodricks.

In recent years, he talked more about his frustrations, and I heard in his voice something I had never heard in the two decades of our fishing friendship: bitterness. After he lost his job as the Orioles’ vice president for baseball operations, he felt kicked aside and wholly unappreciated. He spoke to me about writing a book together, a tell-all about the demise of a great baseball franchise. I wasn’t sure he was serious. But, during a second conversation, it was clear that Mike believed his days in the Orioles organization were over, and he really wanted to write such a book.

And they still want us to buy tickets to go to Camden Yards? Really?

Shame on you Peter Angelos. Shame on you.

You aren’t responsible for Mike Flanagan’s death. No matter how anyone feels about you, it would be irresponsible, irrational, and downright foolish to imply such a thing.

But you are responsible for the embarrassment that the Baltimore Orioles have become. And it’s all coming out now and it’s going to continue to come out.

It is going to get very ugly around here as the 2011 season winds down.

I can’t be supportive anymore. I can’t encourage people to rally around a team that does 90% of their actions in a backwards, illogical manner.

I just can’t.

Just listen to all of these former players and colleagues talk about Mike Flanagan. Listen as they remember him, and as they throw slights at the Orioles organization not because they are out to bash them, but because they are out to speak the truth. Jim Palmer has done it without even realizing.

You know the saying that if you always tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said? That’s kind of what is going on here as people remember Mike Flanagan. When they are speaking from the heart, aka telling the truth, well…the truth comes out. When Rick Dempsey and Jim Palmer are expressing such pure, honest emotion, the truth comes out.

And it’s a sad, harsh, and depressing truth.

I’m sorry you had to deal with it all Flanny. And I’m sorry to anyone reading this if my thoughts are too jumbled and scattered to make much sense.

That happens sometimes when I’m angry. And I’m really angry about the franchise and organization and family that I used to spend so much time supporting and loving.

Rest in peace #46.

We’ll do right by you.

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