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

March 30, 2012 | Nestor Aparicio

save the Orioles.

Just like Rocky Coppinger and Matt Riley. Just like Manny Alexander and Alex Ochoa. Just like Adam Loewen and Matt Wieters.

Every year there’s a new savior for the Orioles.

The Orioles and MASN and Peter Angelos – all one in the same, really – are printing money. And that’s YOUR money. Everyone of you are giving him $38 per year via MASN. It’s a “season ticket” to your pocket.

Like a siphon…

When Ozzie Newsome farts, we all run to smell it and evaluate it and make sure we like the aroma.

The Orioles don’t do anything for years at a time and no one says a word or complains.

Here’s an argument: What WOULD’VE happened if the Orioles had signed Mark Teixeira or Cliff Lee or C.C. Sabathia or Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols or FILL IN THE BLANK…?

What would the reaction in Baltimore be?

Euphoria? Belief in the team’s turnaround? Dramatic season ticket sales uptick?

Perhaps…but I’m guessing that they’re just waiting for the NFL Draft and training camp in Baltimore.

I’m astonished that there are 70,000 Ravens fans wearing purple who are the EXACT same people who would LOVE to have “that experience” – tailgating, partying, rooting, cheering, the whole nine AROUND THE ORIOLES?

What would THAT be worth to you and your springs and summers?

And would you be willing to invest in it?

Just dreaming here. Imagine a sea of orange tailgaters before baseball games…and 81 civic celebrations every summer like the 10 or 11 we get over at the purple stadium…

But the truth is this:

Not only does the team suck, the entire experience of BEING A FAN sucks.

And before I list the bad over the next week in a series of blogs designed to make you think about the value of the Orioles in Baltimore, here’s the two good things about being an Orioles fan – they still have cheap ticket nights and you can bring your own food into the ballpark (the one I always take advantage of!).

So, here’s a memo to Greg Bader – “NESTOR APARICIO LOVES THE FREE FOOD POLICY!!!”

I’m sure it’ll be abandoned sometime around noon next Friday…they’ll probably make up some public safety food issue about plastic bags or aluminum foil…

In my lifetime, I’ve been around a lot of sports teams. Everyone of them had a burning desire to win.

And EVERYONE in Owings Mills WANTS to win. Sometimes they don’t have the right circumstances, the right people, the right draft picks. Let’s be honest, winning isn’t EASY. But the effort is the point and that’s why we should call a collective “BULLS***” on this sick act of perverted profiteering at the expense of the greater good of Baltimore.

It’s sinful, really, that the Baltimore Orioles could be turned into a disgrace while the people of Baltimore and the citizens of Maryland foot the bill to make the richest man in the state richer while the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and their fanbases stroll through town and kick the s**t outta our baseball team.

And it seems no one gives a damn or cares to speak up.

No one.

Until next Thursday and Friday, that is…

Here’s your chance.

Please come and join us to create awareness @FreeTheBirds12


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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