Evict the Orioles

December 22, 2011 | Thyrl Nelson

Evict the Orioles

I wrote this a few months back, but am talking about it on today’s show, therefore I felt that a reprisal was in order.

 

As the inevitability of a 15th straight losing season hangs over the Orioles like so many other dark clouds, the realization occurs that Baltimore has now dealt with a less than mediocre baseball team for longer than the NFL’s exodus from the city lasted. And from where I sit today, the former has been far more painful than the latter.

While Bob Irsay has always been the default answer to the most detestable man in Baltimore sports history, Peter Angelos has now entered the argument in a very big way and threatens to quickly run away with the title (although likely not with the team).

 

Like Irsay, it seems that Angelos has simply decided that it’s a better proposition to bank the inevitable riches inherent with owning a professional sports team while spending as little as possible in fielding that team. The Orioles could spend with the big market clubs if they chose to do so, but history has seemingly taught Angelos that spending big still doesn’t guarantee success on the field, spending small however and owning your own TV network guarantees profits no matter how pathetic your on field product may be.

 

The trump card that Irsay had (and ultimately wielded) that Angelos never will was the willingness of another city to provide better facilities and the promise to sell them out. While the NFL had (and still has) markets clamoring for and capable of supporting their product, baseball has no such luxury. If baseball did, there never would have been a need to move the Expos to Washington or create MASN in the first place.

 

If there were a better deal out there, you could bet that Angelos and the O’s would explore it…provided of course that it didn’t compromise the Orioles’ stake in MASN.

 

It’s too bad the fans don’t have recourse.

 

It’s too bad we can’t simply evict the O’s.

 

Before you decry me for sacrilege hear me out. (And realize I know it won’t happen)

 

The O’s have a lease with the city of Baltimore that runs through 2024. So maybe the city’s hands would be tied until then. Or maybe they could find a way out early, a way to evict the O’s for operating in bad faith, for defaming a local and national institution and for completely misusing the grandest of attractions in baseball…Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

 

If the city simply had enough of Angelos and closed the doors to OPACY, where would the Orioles go? What city is ready to provide anywhere near the facilities and support for the Orioles and Angelos than Baltimore has? Who would welcome this cheapskate joker with a bad team in a stacked division with anywhere near the reception that Baltimore has given him and them before and are dying to truly care about again?

 

Precedents now seem to exist that would allow Baltimore to retain the name and legacy of the Orioles leaving Angelos to rename his team in addition to relocating it. Even if that weren’t possible, the Ravens have proven that it’s possible to splice together a city’s sports legacy with class and pride and dignity.

 

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  1. unitastoberry Says:

    Instead of Save the Birds you should do a Evict Angelos protest.

  2. Chuck Says:

    Evict the Orioles for operating in bad faith? Is this a joke? The Maryland Stadium Authority has no legal basis for evicting the Orioles. Have you even read the lease agreement? Do you really think that a professional sports team owned by an attorney would permit performance guarantees to be included in a lease agreement? Good Lord, one would think that thoughtful analysis would be the goal, not veering into the absurd.

    The Orioles stink and there is nothing that can be done about it. And that includes walk-outs orchestrated by self-promoting radio personalities. If you don’t like the product then don’t purchase tickets or Orioles goodies, watch the games or listen to the games on the radio (the higher the viewer and listener ratings, the more Angelos can charge for commercials) or ever discuss the Orioles on your show or write about the team.

  3. Franchise Says:

    Thyrl,

    “Evict Angelos”….What a great idea fro the Charm City as a remedy to this putrid owner.

    Was this eviction option explored with the Baltimore Colts and Robert/Jim Irsay as it pertained to Memorial Stadium??? I’m not sure how long Robert Irsay’s lease term was contracted with the City for Memorial Stadium??? March 28, 1983 Mayflower Van exodus never dies with this BALTIMORE Colt fan.

    Therefore, let’s fire-up the Mayflower Vans and roll into the Lucas Oil Irsay Dome the first weekend in February, 2012!!!

    Regards,

    Franchise

  4. jpetrosino Says:

    I think the bigger question is why does Comcast continue to fork over the $3/month fee for the privilage to show the Orioles/Nats on MASN?

    Imo, Angelos no longer has any leverage over Comcast because no-one is interested in the Orioles on MASN. Make MASN survive on the advertising and then maybe Angelos will have a real incentive to field a quality team.

  5. Jeff Says:

    Ridiculous blog. A city would be foolish to evict a pro sports team. A city is better with a major league team than without, even a stinker like the Orioles & Angelos.

    A far better (and more realistic) topic of discussion is what happens to the team when Angelos kicks the bucket. Being in his 80s it could happen at any time.

  6. Pete Says:

    Hey,
    Just dont go to the games or watch them on TV. If everyone does it see how long he lasts.

  7. Erich Hawbaker Says:

    Hmmm, I’m inclined to agree with jpetrosino. The avenue to go down here might be to put pressure on Comcast to drop MASN. We tried to force Petey to change his ways by appealing to his sense of shame, but that didn’t work because he doesn’t have one. If we want to get his attention, we have to hurt him in the wallet. If Comcast was flooded with complaints about how the MASN money isn’t being spent on improving the team, something might happen. It’s probably a dream, but I’d be willing to try it.

  8. Steve Says:

    Take the team away from Peter Angelos. Thats what State of Marylamd try to do with Bob Irsay remember?

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