The saga apparently ends – and it’s ‘see you next year’

June 01, 2007 | Drew Forrester

So, as most of you know, today was the final day that team’s in Major League Baseball could submit their formal request for a change to team uniforms and/or logos for the 2008 season.

This issue has been very topical in these parts over the last three weeks due to wide-spread speculation among various media outlets that the team HAD intended to change their away jerseys in 2008, removing “Orioles” and replacing it with “Baltimore”.  In fact, O’s beat-writer Jeff Zrebiec made note of it in today’s edition of The Sun, referencing today’s deadline to notify the league.

Well, it apparently looks like the saga (some would call it a circus…saga is more professional) has come to an end, and once again, the Orioles have won.

Sadly, it looks like the 2008 season will be played wiith the same away uniforms as this year – with the word “Orioles” appearing on the front of the team jersey.  As late as last week, I was still hearing from people associated with the club that the changes were going to be made for 2008.  Alas, something happened recently and evidently their plans have changed – and there won’t be “BALTIMORE” on the road shirts next year.

And that means, the Orioles win again.

This is what THEY want.  Despite the fact that public support to return “BALTIMORE” to the away jersey front far outweighs the small minority who are content with “Orioles”, the team has once again decided the fan’s voice isn’t all that important.

So they win.  And the fans lose.

A listener (Keith) e-mailed me at 4:50 pm today:

Drew,

Now what do we fans do with this away jersey situation since it’s fairly obvious they aren’t going to change next year?  I’m so mad I don’t know what to do.  So I’m asking you, what should we do, as fans?

My reply:

Keith,

It’s been an interesting last month or so and I was certainly hoping for a better result but it does look like we are going to lose out on this one.  I’ll tell you what I’m going to do - I’m going to forget about it until the calendar flips to 2008.  There’s no sense in me mentioning the away jerseys thing on the air any longer and my blogs will not contain any mention of it as well.  It’s over – for next year, at least.  So my plan is to put it on the backburner and pick up the cause again next spring when the deadline is again approaching for changes in the 2009 season.  I don’t know what else to do, frankly.

As the saying goes in baseball – and it applies here – “we’ll get ‘em next year.”

Regards,

DF

So that’s it.

The effort to try and have “BALTIMORE” re-stored to the uniform front of the away jersey has failed.

I guess this is how politicians feel on Election Night.  They wait around for the results and they’re either happy or disappointed.

In this case, the polls have closed and the decision is in.  And a vast majority of Baltimore baseball fans are disappointed…again.

Yes, as a fan, I’m disappointed, but not so much because the uniforms aren’t going to change.

I’m disappointed mostly because we’ve really not been told the truth.

Why AREN’T they changing in 2008?  Aren’t the fans entitled to know the reasoning behind the decision?  I think so.

I’m disappointed because the team has ducked and dodged the legitimate questions about this topic for the last two months.

I’m disappointed because, even as late as today, I tried to make contact with club officials for one FINAL (or first) official comment on today’s deadline and I got no response, as expected.

I’m disappointed because the fans deserve to win once in a while.

I’m disappointed because this time next year, I’m afraid I’ll be writing the same blog again, with the same result.

And more than anything else…I’m disappointed because the team KNOWS in their heart of hearts changing the uniforms and having “BALTIMORE” on the jersey is the right thing to do.  That’s the oddest part of this whole fiasco – they KNOW it’s the right thing to do, yet something keeps them from doing it.

It’s all VERY disappointing.

So, we’ll reconvene on this subject sometime next March or April and see what happens then.  I’m done with it for now.

At least we all know we’re right.  And we’ll be right again next year as well.

DF

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