Free The Birds Candlelight vigil is tonight at sundown at Brooks Robinson statue

March 29, 2012 | WNST Staff

Over the past week our & AM 1570 hosts have been encouraging our Baltimore sports community to “BE HEARD BY THE BIRDS” via two events tonight and tomorrow designed to bring awareness to the plight and civic anger regarding the demise of the Baltimore Orioles.

It has always been our premise that the fans of the Baltimore Orioles will eventually be a part of curing what ails the team.

The fans here have tired of the losing, the lying and patent abandonment of the franchise attempting to win and create pride for the fans of the Baltimore Orioles.

The fans have been abandoned. We’re all in agreement on that.

But what more can Baltimore Orioles fans do?

While the focus is on the Orioles and baseball for one day — Opening Day — we’d like to encourage you to participate in a civic awakening to what’s happened to the businesses, families and proud local people who made Camden Yards a reality 20 years ago.

We are announcing three events that we’re requesting your participation and support in via social media and your circle of similarly disheartening Baltimore Orioles fans:

TONIGHT – WNST is encouraging all Baltimore Orioles fans to attend a candlelight vigil at the Brooks Robinson statue for the team at sundown (6-8pm). We’ve decided praying is a relevant option at this point and we’ll surround this event at the bar at Frank & Nic’s just around the corner from the monument and celebrate why we all love baseball in Baltimore. We are inviting priests, rabbis and all people who want to pray for a better day for Baltimore baseball. You can bring real candles or use your mobile device to download a free app called “Color Flashlight HD,” which provides an orange candlelight image for your phone. We will be using Twitter and Facebook to share our message throughout the proceedings.

Friday, April 6th – Opening Day. WNST will be handing out signs at Luna del Sea on Pratt Street beginning at 10 a.m. that will voice our displeasure at having Opening Day become an annual drudgery knowing that the Baltimore Orioles won’t compete this year in the AL East. Yes, we’d like for you to consider walking with informational picket signs prior to the game to be heard by team management on the eve of another lost season of local baseball. And, of course, we’d love to encourage you to bring a sign with your own message for Peter Angelos.

Sunday, May 20th – WNST and our @FreeTheBirds12 campaign will sponsor a road trip when the Orioles visit the Washington Nationals, who Angelos also greatly profits off of via his MASN television empire.

Please follow us at all week as we present lots of facts, information and a compelling argument about the significance of the Baltimore Orioles to our community and some thought-provoking discussion about the franchise’s role and responsibility to baseball fans in our region.

You can also join us on Facebook here for Free The Birds 12 to continue to get more information regarding these events this spring.

Our Twitter page for Free The Birds 12 is here as well for constant updates regarding events.

11 Comments For This Post

  1. Matt Says:

    The thing that bugs me the most and compels me to join this effort? Not the game day ticket surcharge. Not the fact that my mother-in-law, a devout O’s fan, can’t name a single off-season acquisition. No, it’s the fact that one of the first things I see at Camden Yards, within 30 seconds of entering the gates, is a Derek Jeter tee-shirt for sale. It’s a betrayal to this community.

  2. Glen Says:

    I’m a Red Sox fan and it sickens me to see what the ownership of the O’s does to not only fans but the City of Baltimore itself (local businesses, the harbor/downtown area, etc). Where are the local business partners? There’s plenty of teams that can’t or don’t compete on a regular basis but don’t make a point to exclude their communities.

  3. Steve Says:

    Please forgive me not attending. I would love to be there for that Protest! But its in April If you make one in July or in september ill be there.

  4. Thom from Dundalk Says:

    Please !! Give this a rest. This is really old and cliche. The ‘fans’ that still can call themselves fans realize that ‘Freeing the Birds ‘ wouldn’t help this team be any more of a winner. No matter what the owners of WNST or their talking heads on the air think.
    It’s easy to throw stones, but, WHAT WOULD YOU DO ??? Just changing ownership won’t help.
    How far do you think ANY onwer would go in spending money ?

    How would you attract A-players that don’t want to come here no matter how much $$.

    Does ownership/management PLAY for the players we can put on the field ?

    They ARE on the RIGHT track. It took years to be a mediocre team, it will take longer (under the right management) to right the ship.


  5. unitastoberry Says:

    @Thom Why don’t you go back into the warehouse and get back to work!

  6. Mike in Hampstead Says:

    @Thom: What would we do? Well for starters I’d take a look at Angelos’ “partners” located 30 miles down 295. They seem to have money to sign players, they seem to draft well and to top it off the Nats are actually making it harder for out of town fans to buy tickets (Philadelphians to be specific) rather than catering to them! Yeah, all of those thing would be a pretty good start.

  7. barnyard Says:

    This is old news & of little interest anymore I think. Could be wrong but I believe that people are more concerned with high gas prices so much that going to a ball game is a luxury anyway. WNST is just promoting themselves. Give it a rest & tell the runt Nestor to clam up & stop whining.

  8. Dan from Sparrows Point Says:

    Are you serious Thom

  9. STFU Nestor Says:

    For all the bitchin that Nestor about the O’s. He will be there 15 rows up from home plate like he is every opening day.

    Do us a favor and protest the opening day game why don’t ya!


  10. barnyard Says:

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: Comment removed)

  11. Free WNST Says:

    Interesting comments from somebody who has said to me that he prefers it when the Orioles do bad so that there’s more to talk about…

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