It’s June 11 and the scoreboard issue still isn’t resolved?

June 12, 2007 | Drew Forrester

Are you freaking kidding?

Here’s the story just published in The Sun, reviewing the on-going battle between the Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority over the Camden Yards video board.

So that you don’t have to try and decipher what some power-tie-wearing attorney named Alan Rifkin says (he represents the O’s), here’s what it means to the “great unwashed” from Glen Burnie, Parkville, Lansdowne, Bel Air and all points in between.

THE ORIOLES HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THIS PROBLEM SINCE FEBRUARY AND ARE TOO CHEAP AND TOO STUBBORN TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

How’s that for a classic lawyer summary?  And I didn’t even pass the bar.

I love Rifkin’s quote, straight from the Attorney handbook:  “The Orioles and the MSA are working diligently to address any and all issues relating to the video board…” blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Yeah, right, Mr. Rifkin.  If they were working “diligently”, as you note, wouldn’t the argument have been resolved by now?

In laymen’s terms, the O’s want the Stadium Authority to foot the bill and the MSA wants the O’s to pay.  I’m sure the Orioles will go out of their way to privately blame the MSA and perhaps they’re being equally as stubborn as the baseball team, but let’s be honest here, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  If you hear of one of those two parties - the O’s and the Stadium Authority – being childish and stubbon and cheap, which entity first comes to mind as the guilty party?  Thought so.

The O’s are crafty, if nothing else.  Why would they pay for the video board?  After all, they wanted a new TV network to - here’s another classic quote – “compete against the powers of the American League East”, so they went out and built their own TV network with OUR $2.00 per-month.  Gotta give ‘em credit, they’re making ALL the money off of MASN and we’re paying them for the privilege to watch the games.  It’s a good gig if you can get it, huh?

Once again, the team is involved in a p*ssing match with someone in the city of Baltimore and guess who loses out?  Take a wild guess who winds up losing?  Stumped?  Let’s play multiple choice.

When the video board goes kaput in the next day or two and is rendered useless for home games, who loses?

a) The Orioles   

b) The Maryland Stadium Authority

c) The fans

If you guessed (c), you win free lower reserved seats right next to Alan Rifkin at a home game to be determined later, where he will no doubt explain to you how the Orioles did all they could to get this resolved over the last 5 months or so.

You know, I went out of my way today to spend 10 minutes or so on The Comcast Morning Show highlighting a bunch of good stuff the O’s are doing in the community this week.  It’s even up in the audio archives at www.wnst.net if you don’t believe me.  But just when I thought I might go a day without hearing something that would aggravate me about the O’s, up comes this article on The Sun web-site. 

This video board issue should have been resolved before the season started.  Period.  End of story.

Once again, the fans lose.  As always.

Charlatans.  All of ‘em over there…

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