Free The Birds & Peter Angelos: Where are the Orioles 6 years later?

March 30, 2012 | Nestor Aparicio

at The Warehouse while the team’s precipitous fall from grace is something no fan who ever loved Brooks Robinson or Cal Ripken can bear to witness on a nightly basis.

The fans just stay away and write on Facebook that they’re waiting for him to die. (I can’t think of a more heinous thought but that’s where this city is, sadly…)

It’s all so sad, really, when you think about it. Maybe the saddest story we’ve ever seen unfold in Baltimore this side of Bob Irsay and watching Indianapolis wear horseshoes.

The last 15 years of losing have been one giant orange blur but it all comes back to Angelos and the ownership group not spending the money that was gifted to them to improve the team and compete in the AL East. The Orioles have even managed to become a welfare team to the other Major League Baseball owners because the revenue actually tied to the team isn’t significant. An empty ballpark and empty skyboxes and complete lack of advertising revenue bears out that the Orioles — as a sole entity — are hardly a thriving operation financially. And MASN is a separate business so its profits mean nothing to the MLB owners.

Some, like Buck Showalter have been bamboozled into getting involved with real belief that the team can one day win. MacPhail was a particularly ambitious fibber who has MLB Commissioner aspirations and a penchant for telling the fans about hope and the evil empire of spending in New York and Boston, a perfect puppet for Angelos during four straight last-place seasons. Some believed that MacPhail had a contract that was tied to profit, not winning.

Then there are the Dave Trembleys, Juan Samuels and Sam Perlozzos – “baseball men” who felt privileged to just have a job as a MLB manager and would not be considered for managerial jobs most anywhere else.

For Bobby Valentine and Joe Girardi, who both turned down a chance to manage the Baltimore Orioles over the past four years, they get to come into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor this year with real teams and bring traveling fan bases that will pack Oriole Park at Camden Yards and turn them into home games for the Yankees and Red Sox while everyone in orange stands around numb for another summer and waits for Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis.

As for the MLB players, Baltimore is only the place you go when you can’t find gainful MLB employment anywhere else. And even then, there’s the Orioles “surcharge” where you get more money and years just because you’re willing to give up an opportunity to win.

In my opinion, you’re a loser if you sign with the Orioles.

And it’s endemic of the kinds of candidates the team can attract at this point with no hope, no fan base and no direction. You might win when your paycheck gets cashed but you also know you can book your October cruise or vacation without concern of having to play postseason baseball.

But for Baltimore Orioles fans somehow Angelos has lowered the bar to a level where a .500 team would be considered “winning.” It’s shameful how many times this spring MASN has already aired Nolan Reimold crossing the plate to end a 69-win season to the delight of the few people left who think this is acceptable.

Some MLB players are OK with taking the money and losing. Many of them over the past decade have been among the highest-paid (and most overworked) relief pitchers in baseball. Mike DeJean. Buddy Groom. Kevin Gregg. Fill In Your Favorite Here.

Those guys took the money and marched on with their lives after 90-loss, 5.00-plus ERA campaigns as nightly arsonists in meaningless games in Baltimore.

Some guys, it destroyed. See: Flanagan, Mike.

Others, like Dan Duquette, Brady Anderson and Showalter, apparently are attracted to this hopeless opportunity because they can’t find work anywhere else in Major League Baseball.

It’s much like the Island of Misfit Baseball People…

The MASN money and the general public’s lack of awareness. The MacFailure. The night Mike Flanagan shot himself in the head. The naming of Dan Duquette as the “leader” of this perpetual and ever-sinking Titanic. And MLB’s role in this disgrace and civic sham perpetrated on the fans of the Baltimore Orioles will be discussed over the next week.

Honestly, at, we can’t seem to get anyone in Baltimore to care enough to be heard.

So is 2012 the summer you start caring about the Baltimore Orioles again?

Probably not…

Or are you going to wait for Peter Angelos to die and see how his sons handle his estate (as so many of you have written on my Facebook page or said to me at various places around town)?

Or do you just not care that he’s printing your money in the MASN basement?

Or are you so caught up in purple fever that you’re more concerned with running Lee Evans and/or Billy Cundiff outta town?

You know, it’s amazing the double-standard this town has with the baseball and football team.

For most of us, it’s like the Orioles moved to the Indianapolis in Mayflowers every May. Opening Day comes and people get drunk and throw a frat party. Then, quickly, the team sucks. Everyone turns their head to not view the empty orange elephant in the middle of downtown. And they pine away waiting for training camp, which now doesn’t even include trips to Westminster.

I’m sick of it. I’m fed up. But I’m not really “angry” anymore because anger isn’t an empowering emotion. It’s a “freeze frame” emotion. I want ACTION – not simply emotion.

If people around the country could sleep on the streets for weeks at a time in the “Occupy” movement then why can’t we go downtown one night and show that we support the Orioles but that we’re not going to give them any more of our money than is already being siphoned from our cable television bills every month and being deposited in the coffers of the Peter G. Angelos empire.

Baltimore with the Orioles in last place is unacceptable.

I know it.

You know it.

Everyone knows it.

Now what are you going to do about it?

If you want a recap of Angelos’ 2006 lies to Pressbox, HERE THEY ARE & AM 1570 will be playing our March 1997 interview with Angelos to review all of the lies of that evening next week.

This is a sampling…

The last six years of recap – managers, MacPhail, media intimidation, the quieting of the banishment of John Angelos from all things

6 Comments For This Post

  1. jpetrosino Says:

    I think the only way to stop the MASN cash cow is for a reporter (hint WNST) to knock on Comcast’s door and ask them why they feel the need to continue paying MASH $3/month automatically for every customer. Let Comcast know that Comcast can end their agreement with MASN and simply absorb the extra $3 we pay by increasing their rates by $2/$3 and they will realize a bigger profit at the expense of MASN. I’d rather pay Comcast then MASN.

    Anyway, the bottom line is that our focus should be targeted towards Comcast to end their MASN deal not towards Angelos/Orioles…they won’t listen to us but they will listen to $$ when that’s at stake!

  2. Al from Arbutus Says:

    I agree with jpetrosino… Does anyone know when the Comcast – MASN deal will come up for renewal and/or renegotiation? Unlike some of the high profile cable company vs. network showdowns recently in New York City, I think Comcast could really lowball MASN next time around and very few customers would notice or complain if MASN disappeared from the cable lineup for a few months (or at least for a couple weeks). It’s not like the Orioles (or the Nationals) will have any “must see now” games any time in the near future. And the rest of MASN programming is even more pathetic than their baseball stuff.

  3. Die Peter Die! Says:

    As long as Peter Angelos lives, and I hope it isnt for much longer, the Orioles will be the worst run franchise in ANY PROFESSIONAL SPORT.

    Also complicit in this entire nightmare is MLB and Bud Selig.

    Maybe we’ll get lucky and they will both die in a plane crush.

  4. BIG Paul Says:

    Thank You WNST for not giving up like all the other media outlets have in this TOWN. It is absolutely DISGUSTING that these stations and so called reporters/sports anchors/etc.can go about every day business and not call out and i mean get angry with the current state of affairs with the ORIOLES. Peter Angelos is sickening in what he has done to this franchise ,town and community. He is a scumbag just like Robert Irsay was in his days of dissolving the COLTS here in BAWLMER. Lets WAKE UP Baltimore and fight this GOOF so that WE AS THE REAL FANS can take back our beloved BIRDS and revitalize a once storied and proud franchise.Show up for the vigil so that the national spotlight and MLB will see WE are not taking this BULLSHIT of a team anymore. 14 straight losing seasons and yes again a last place finish.

  5. John Pollara Says:

    This article stinks, not because of Nestor’s words but the odor coming from the warehouse. I’m an optimistic person but after 14 years, I have totally given up hope. Even if by some miracle, the O’s would finish over .500, what are the chances they would improve on that? A team that markets their spoiler role on the last day of the season as some shining moment is pathetic (but sadly that’s the best they got).

    I was reading the Sun a while ago and the headline said, “Orioles Sign Journeyman…” then the article said what we’ve seen a million times. (Fill in the blank), age 29, hit .243 last year in 45 games with the parent club and spent the rest of the year in AAA. So at that moment I rechristened the Orioles as the “Baltimore Journeymen” until further notice. I think the media should do the same.

    What are sports all about? The Baltimore Ravens are FUN. The Baltimore Journeymen are NOT FUN.

  6. Steve Says:

    Nestor you probily were not around on those dark days of the Baltimore Colts. Baltimore fans refused to support the Colts because Bob Irsay didnt put a real team on the field. During 1978 season he got rid of all those good players Colts had. So those fans were not gonna spend a single hard earned dollar to watch em. Fans averaged only 30,000 a game at Memorial Stadium every sunday. And then Colts left for Indy. And look at Baltimore now they have the Ravens a team plays above .500 for 5 straght seasons. So whzt?? Let em move,, Wwere get a better team in Baltimore because of Camden Yards. If O’s move there are a lot of Clubs would jump right in Baltimore. Look at the A`s its a possibilty they could replace the O’s because the Giants blocked the A’s from going to San Jose. The Rays could move to Baltimore too. Let i said if Fans would just get like Colts fans and dont show up at Camden yards 2 things might happen,,Mr Angelos sells the team or he might move em to Montreal.

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