Well this is unprecedented! Two blogs in one day AND I had time to finish my thesis… “Alex, step away from the keyboard…”
But I feel that I should weigh in here from the average, twenty-something Baltimore sports fan’s perspective. This little feud between NST (particularly Nestor and Drew) and Oriole’s Hangout has been going on for quite some time now. Let me start by saying that Nestor and Drew have no idea that I’m doing this and I have absolutely nothing to gain by writing this blog. I am by no means speaking on their behalf…these are my words and I stand by them. With that said…
Here is the most recent thread at the Hangout bashing WNST: http://forum.orioleshangout.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60955
Everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion, but some of the members on the message boards at OriolesHangout.com are doing one of three things: misdirecting their frustration because they can’t seem to come to grips with the fact that the team has SUCKED since I was in middle school, they are ignorant or oblivious to the facts, or they are simply misinformed and lash out at the station to get along with the cool kids in the blogosphere.
Now for those old timers at the Hangout (or anywhere else for that matter) who think that I can’t fully appreciate what it means to be an Orioles fan because I didn’t live through the “glory days” should think about the meaning behind that statement. If this is your way of thinking, you’re basically blaming me, and the rest of my generation, for being born in the late 80s…as if we had anything to do with it! We learn about the glory days through our fathers, uncles, and grandfathers and we too yearn for a return to the old ways of Baltimore baseball. You also act like we weren’t alive during the 1997 season, when Camden Yards, the most beautiful ballpark in the world, was filled to the brim every night. Don’t think we’re ignorant or uneducated about Orioles baseball because we’re young. And who’s fault is it that we haven’t been able to experience the same joy you all did with the ballclub while you were growing up? I digress…
It’s time for some of the message board people at the Hangout to wise up and look at the facts. Thank God for ScottieBaseball…can you PLEASE keep these people straight?
Now, I by no means feel obligated to defend Drew or Nestor or anyone at the station, and I hold no animosity toward anyone at the Hangout. I dealt with several members of the website while working with Michael Popovec and I enjoyed working with them. I do, however, feel obligated to set the record straight. I am not speaking for them because their actions speak for themselves. I’m hoping that maybe hearing it from a different person will finally drive the point home.
First of all, Nestor and Drew are public figures in our community. Although they do blog on a website just like the rest of us, they have faces to go along with their RSS feed. The entire station is very active in the community…I just saw Nestor at the Ed Block VIP Dinner, standing on stage alongside Lenny Moore helping to fight child abuse. For all the “self-promoting” the station does, they do exponentially more charity work. Regardless, their faces are out there for the public to see. The vast majority of the people who responded to the thread in the link above are faceless cowards who hide behind keyboards who are making fun of the way Nestor looks (guys, grow up). Keep that in mind next time you question the integrity of ANYONE at NST.
Second, if any of you would ACTUALLY listen to Drew’s show or read Nestor’s blog, you would see that they are die hard life long O’s fans who only want to support a winning team and conduct business in a professional manner. Disagree with how they act all you want, but there is no question that the intentions behind these actions are nothing but good. They’re not “picking” on the Orioles, they’re simply reporting actions of the club that you would not hear down the dial because King Peter has their bean-bag in a vice.
They only want what’s best for the team. The only axe they have to grind is that the people that they are supposed to be working with are treating them unprofessionally for speaking the truth. People at the Hangout like to call it whining and self-promotion. “Don’t they have anything better to do than hate on the Orioles? There are plenty of other sports stories in the world to cover!” Let me remind you that anytime someone at Hart Road farts in public you have a 5 page thread about it. Don’t YOU all have anything better to do? At least what they’re doing pertains to their job!
Some of you may be saying “who is this kid? Some coffee-fetching intern?” Yes, I interned at WNST, and I also make a damn fine cup of joe. The reason why this whole thing rubs me the wrong way is because of the time I spent at the station. Although it was short-lived, I was reminded daily about the passion that every employee has for Baltimore sports. I’m also a loyal guy, and it frustrates me to see people make misinformed judgments about people that I have met and worked with.
In closing, I think it’s time to bury the hatchet, because in reality, we all want the same thing. We want a winning baseball franchise we can be proud of. I want to be able to take my son to a game one day in late September that has MEANING to it. I want to see the inner harbor, the city I love, packed on game nights with black and orange. I want go to a game where we actually outnumber Yankees fans for a change.
This year is going to be exciting, and Andy MacPhail has started to right the ship. But, more needs to be done, on and off the field, by this franchise to win the fans back. It’s time for the brass at the Warehouse to stop treating people like they’re peasants from a far off land. Let’s remember that we’re all Orioles fans and, in the end, we all want what’s best for the team. That’s something I think we can all agree on.