Can I have the Washington Post’s seat in the press box?

February 16, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Cue the music…Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.

There’s an open seat in the Oriole Park press box.

The Washington Post has announced they will no longer assign a reporter to cover the Orioles on a daily basis during the regular season.  Their coverage of the team will consist of national stories and shared pieces from The Sun.

Here’s a response from Tracee Hamilton at the Post with some acceptable reasoning for the Post’s decision.

This is quite a development from the Post and it’s worth noting that roughly five years ago, the Orioles had a store in Washington DC and were as active in their marketing and advertising efforts down there as they were in Baltimore.

For years, I’ve been saying, “stop marketing to all of those outlying areas and just focus on Baltimore and the surrounding communities here.”  

For years, the team focused more on Lancaster, PA, Smyrna, DE, Fairfax, VA and Cambridge, MD. They spent a lot of time and money in Washington DC.

So much for that paying off.

The Post will not cover the Orioles in 2009.

WNST will.

I will.

Can I get the Post’s press credential?