An open letter to Colin Cowherd

April 10, 2009 |

Dear Colin,

I was listening to your show a couple times this week and heard about how much you seem to dislike Baltimore and our reaction to Mark Teixeira.  I would like to be able to set some facts straight.  We do have every right to boo and dislike Teixeira for basically lying to our faces.  Approximately 18 months ago, he said he’d love to play close to home, and maybe even for his hometown team.  Well, apparently not, since in his Yankee intro press conference he said he always wished to be a Yankee…he watched them growing up all the time.  So Mark, which is it?  Now he has every right to change his mind, but if it was really about the money since the beginning, then we shouldn’t of been dragged into this mess in the first place.  Most of us in Baltimore  think “did Teixeira ever really want to play for the Orioles at all or was it just a ploy to drive his contract sky high?”  He had to of known that we wouldn’t be monetary or playoff contenders for some time. 

I also heard you comparing this situation with LeBron James, who you said would be more challenged if he went to play for New York rather than for his home team of Cleveland, and that Teixeira would never be challenged playing for the Orioles.  First of all, the Cavaliers were bleek when LeBron came to start and he turned that franchise around single-handedly.  He brought better players with him through the years, and look where they are now…he definitely conquered his challenge.  I feel the complete opposite for Teixeira—his biggest challenge would be if he played for the Orioles.  Just think, in New York he is surrounded by perennial talent, who can keep him out of the spotlight and lend a hand if he gets in a slump.  If he was in Baltimore, he would not have that comfort zone, and he would need to stay on his feet.  He could be the face of the franchise and not have to share the spotlight amongst other all-stars.  He could draw more fans to games, thereby creating more revenue, and also help to bring bigger names to play for the city.  That seems to be a better definition of a challenge.

And lastly, I heard you say that Baltimore was “not a city, it’s a town.”  Just a little advice—I wouldn’t visit our “town” anytime soon.

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