I’m watching the Orioles in HD today

May 14, 2007 | Nestor Aparicio

If there’s ANYTHING that makes me want to do FREE THE BIRDS II this summer, it’s seeing baseball at Fenway Park in Boston and how the community reacts to baseball in New England.

I’ve been here two days and its VERY apparent, all of the fun we’re missing in Baltimore while the Orioles are being held hostage by Peter Angelos and his flunkies.

I was sitting here this afternoon watching the NESN pre-game show in HD at my in-laws’ joint on Mother’s Day — just seeing the crowd, the beautiful outdoor TV set, the people packing Yawkey Way before the game, creating commerce, fun, memories, convivialty. Everything I experienced yesterday was blasting into my mother in law’s living room and it was BETTER than actually being there (minus the smell of the sausage!)

As a lifelong Baltimorean and Orioles fan, it’s been enough to make me vomit!

Honestly, last summer I didn’t think there was anything LEFT for Angelos and his family to wreck — but alas, I was wrong.

Just seeing the way the game is PRESENTED on television in New England, makes you want to drop your lobster and run down to Fenway for tickets! There is NOTHING else on TV today you’d rather watch, than baseball in HD at Fenway!

What is being presented to Baltimore and to Orioles fans everywhere via MASN is an absolute disgrace. They wrecked the game at the ballpark years ago. They wrecked the broadcasts years ago as well, when Jon Miller was ostensibly fired for not "bleeding orange and black."

Rick Dempsey and Jim Hunter (a lifelong Yankees fan) doing a lousy pre-game show from the 21st-century equivalent of a Wayne’s World set is NOT inspiring people to come back to the ballpark. And that’s just a side dish to how the team has been wrecked ON the field.

Back to HD baseball at Fenway for me on NESN…I’m not much for hearing Jerry Remy butcher the English language, but it sure beats the hell outta watching baseball through the clouds on MASN and hearing  the "local" announcers make excuses for why the team makes mistakes.

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