The Baltimore teams show their true colors…again

February 01, 2012 | Drew Forrester


If you know of a place I can find a dead horse, ship it to me in Indianapolis.  I’m here all week covering Super Bowl 46.

I’ll find a baseball bat somewhere in the hotel.

Today was the once-a-year occasion where everyone in Baltimore gets to see precisely why the Ravens are the Ravens and play in front of 70,000 people ten times a year and why the Orioles are the Orioles and play in front of crowds of 7,000 more times than they’ll ever publicly admit.

In a weird twist of fate, I have another story to add to the mix. It won’t surprise you.  But it will be another log-in-the-fire that continues to rage in Baltimore as our baseball team – now with a new accomplice – once again displays an amazing lack of professionalism.

How does that situation involve you and/or the fans in Baltimore?

It does, trust me.

If you saw the press conference today – the “State of the Ravens” as they like to call it in Owings Mills – you witnessed the football organization allowing the media to openly discuss their method of operation.  There was nothing particularly earth shattering to come out of the 55-minute gathering.  It was filled with mostly benign stuff like “Joe Flacco and Ray Rice are a priority.”  (We knew that already.)  “The Ravens are going to do everything we can to get better by looking at all available player options.”  (Right…we knew that too.)  “We feel like our team is built for the now and the future.”  (Of course you do.)

But it wasn’t the content or the quality that mattered today.  When you’re 12-4 and come within three-tenths of a second from going to the Super Bowl, there aren’t a lot of blemishes and hiccups to discuss.

What was important, of course, was the mere fact that the Ravens undressed themselves in front of the media and allowed everyone to ask questions about their hairy legs, love handles and receding hairline.

The Orioles never let you see them dressed or undressed.  Unless you happen to be part of their inner circle.

They remain as disingenious with the community and the media as they’ve ever been, despite modest improvements over the last few years in their day-of-game entertainment and civic endeavors.  They’re the friend who ignores your text when your car breaks down and you need a ride to work.  They’re the co-worker who tells you the company tickets for the football game have been claimed, only to see them in the top drawer of his desk a week later when he asks you to grab his car keys before heading out to lunch.  The Orioles are the ex-girlfriend who never liked your favorite band until AFTER you guys broke up eight months ago.

They’re lazy, mean-spirited and never quite fully aware of how much they hurt you.  (Please see next page)

12 Comments For This Post

  1. Unitastoberry Says:

    Maybe you should pick up the phone to the owner I believe he told your station years ago he was always available,that’s about as accurate as Mark Reynolds glove.

  2. Dan Says:

    I think I heard Nestor call Angelos a scum bag and a dispicable human being this am on your show , Frankly I just don’t understand why they dont respond to your e-mails . It’s a mystery to all of us . . . .

  3. Robert Says:

    Examples like this, keep my interest alive in the Ravens. On the other hand, and hurts me to say, but the Orioles (and MLB, for that matter) no longer have any impact on my life, except having money in my wallet to spend on other entertainment. I do have fond Oriole memories of the teams in the ’70’s & 80’s. Cheers.

  4. Mike from Carney Says:

    Whatever happened to the “bring your kid to the game” book reports? (DF: In what way? We gave away about 60 game tickets last year, they wrote reports, we picked a winner, he and his dad attended a Ravens game as their prize.)

  5. barnyard Says:

    Drew, Disappointments in life comes in many forms. It hurts to be ignored, to be on the outside looking in etc but you & WNST have brought a lot of this friction on yourselves. Angelos does it his way, you don’t approve? go to another party. I pay no attention whatsoever to the Orioles because it’s a dysfunctional organization & life at my age, (71) is much too short for that nonsense. You have a tough job, reporting the sports news is your livelihood & Angelos has now made this personal & that spells a blackout for WNST I’m afraid. (DF: You should work for the team with some of the attitudes you’ve highlighted.)

  6. Dan Says:

    We had The Colts and they were great . Championships , Hall of Fame players , and all the rest . They played their games in Memorial Stadium. They moved to Indianappolis, but left us our memories.

    We had The Orioles and they were great. Championships , Hall of Fame Players and all the rest . They played their games in Memorial Stadium. They moved to Camden Yards ( to be closer to D.C.), but left us our memories . Dan

  7. over40Don Says:

    Well at this point in time I suggest WNST reach out to the Nationals. All the games are on T.V. , it’s not that far away to go see a game, perhaps their players could call in like Ravens players do. Heck, the Nationals are actually competitive in their division. I prefer Black and Orange as they are the MLB colors I’ve thought about 1st since the 60’s when I was old enough to read my baseball cards, but I’m getting used to thinking Red or Blue or whatever colors the Nats use.

    Why bother with the Orioles anymore until they put a COMPETITIVE PRODUCT on the field? boycott ’em IGNORE ’em FORGET ABOUT THEM

  8. Marcus Halberstram Says:

    Isn’t it funny how whenever someone uses the phrase “true colors”, it’s never in a positive light? As in “I thought Mike was a real ahole, but he showed his true colors when he helped me move.” I am really thinking about actively rooting for the Tigers this year. You’re not a front runner if you get in on the ground floor!

  9. Carlos Henry Says:

    Not only should MLB contact the O’s and tell them to behave in a more professional manner, but they really need to speak with the owner and tell him that if he isn’t interested in fielding a competitive team then he should sell to someone who will. Isn’t that supposed to be the goal in pro sports, to do everything you can to win? Angelos is obviously only concerned with collecting his money from owning a major league baseball team not winning a World Series. You would almost have to make a concerted effort to be as bad as the Orioles have been for the last fourteen years. This team is becoming one of the saddest sacks in all of pro sports, not just baseball. I guess looking at a real pro franchise in the same city isn’t enough to shame the Orioles into getting better. What a joke.

  10. tiggnutz Says:

    Screw the Orioles and Peter Angelos.If you spend a single cent on them this year your a fool.I hope they lose 120 games.

  11. unitastoberry Says:

    @Carlos- I have suspected for years that Angelos has the blessing$$$ of MLB to be as bad as he possibly can be.

  12. colin meeks Says:

    can’t understand why they wouldn’t be chomping at the bit to have you down there with your flip camera reporting back to your 8 listeners. that billionaire pete is a real fool, keep up the good fight!

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