The Baltimore teams show their true colors…again

February 01, 2012 | Drew Forrester


Tuesday, I once again sent an email to the Orioles about spring training credentials.

For the second straight day…no reply.

At 12 noon on Tuesday, I sent an e-mail to Major League Baseball public/media relations asking for their intervention on the situation.  I didn’t ask MLB to get me credentials, mind you.  I merely asked MLB to at least have the Orioles recognize receipt of my e-mails about the credentials.  Just send me ANYTHING in return.  “Yes”, “No”, “We’re considering your application”…anything.

I just want to know if we should be buying airfare and renting hotel rooms…or not.  The team’s negligence in responding to my professional request has already cost the radio station at least $500 in increased airfare and other promotional opportunities we couldn’t cash in on because we weren’t (and still aren’t) 100% sure we’d be welcome in Sarasota.  Glenn and I went down there last spring for a week of coverage, but our e-mails and requests for information were actually returned 12 months ago.  This time around, we’re on the persona non grata list once again – I’m not sure why – so I’d really like some help from the folks at Major League Baseball to hopefully put an end to this twisted style of people skills the Orioles are exhibiting.

That original e-mail went to MLB at 12 noon on Tuesday.

It’s 3:45 on Wednesday.

And I haven’t heard back from MLB yet.

The Ravens stood up today in front of anyone and everyone who was interested and gave you – the fans – answers to any questions the media fired at them.

I can’t get the Orioles or Major League Baseball to return an e-mail.

Who works for who?  Are the folks in New York so afraid of backlash from Orioles ownership/upper management that they’re not strong enough to send down a mandate from the head office of Public Relations that says, simply, “Dear Orioles:  Stop being unprofessional and answer ALL media e-mails you receive.”

Is that it?

Do the Orioles tell MLB what to do?

If so, that probably shows us all why baseball is suffering these days and football is steaming like a bushel of hot Chesapeake Bay crabs.

I’m not sure what else to believe since – *ahem* – I can’t get a return e-mail from the folks in the MLB PR office.  I’m led to assume the worst…that the Orioles ignore THEM the same way they ignore ME.  Or, perhaps MLB doesn’t care about my problems in Baltimore (I hope that’s not the case, since it’s ultimately their product – baseball – that’s suffering because of the team’s unprofessionalism) or they’ve contacted the Orioles and the upstanding folks in Orioles media relations just gave them a polite middle finger and went back to taking a nap (I’ll go with this one).

Either way, I know this:  I haven’t heard back from the Orioles or Major League Baseball since Monday morning.  But I’ll bet you ANYTHING you want that if you contacted MLB or the Orioles sales departments today about a $100,000 corporate sponsorship check you’d like to write them for the 2012 season, you’d have more e-mails in 48 hours than Brian Matusz had losses a year ago.

Another day, another log.  Or two.

That fire is roaring now.

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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