How can Baltimore simply allow the Orioles to rot like this under Angelos’ greed & profiteering?

April 01, 2012 | Nestor Aparicio

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5. “Give them a chance! They just hired Dan Duquette…”

On a personal level, I’m looking forward to Duquette shooting some morbid videos at his desk (like the ones MacFail made famous) on the tail-end of the many losing streaks the 2012 Orioles will undoubtedly endure. If you see the Saturday Night Live skit quality of his interviews and laughs (I always see a Dan Aykroyd awkwardness…)

4. “It’s disrespectful to Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts to complain. The players are trying hard. You’re not a REAL fan if you complain…”

Just so you know, the club has lied to all three of these guys repeatedly as well about trying to improve the team. They always say they’re going to be active in free agency. They always talk about adding to the farm base. Grow the arms, buy the bats? Remember that? The truth is the players who have talent on the team deserve better than to wake up the day after the Super Bowl and see Jeremy Guthrie traded away for a bag of baseballs.

3. “Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy are coming soon…”

The kids on the farm? When has this organization EVER consistently produced talent from the farm system? It’s like these clowns have no clue. This is the Orioles’ broadcast team’s favorite crutch – telling us to go to Delmarva to watch the next phenom.

2. “Look, the Orioles were losing LONG before Angelos came to town. So don’t blame Peter. They didn’t win under Jacobs and EBW’s money didn’t help them after 1983…”

Angelos inherited crowds of 3.6 million per year, Cal Ripken and a beautiful stadium that was the toast of baseball. Any references to the team before 1993 is just a stupid, meaningless argument. But I still hear people make this one…

And the No. 1, Stupid Things Orioles Fans Say is…

 1. “New York and Boston spend too much money…”

The Orioles play in the “always tough” American League East. It was Andy MacFail’s favorite crutch and “go to” line. We can’t compete with the Yankees and the Red Sox. They generate too much revenue. We need a television network.

When I approached Andy MacFail at the University of Baltimore appearance last year, it was the one question that would level the playing field for his favorite excuse. Here’s how the coward chose to answer it and speak to the fans and a very legitimate question:

Angelos spoke at length in 2006 with Pressbox and guaranteed the fans that when the MASN money came, it would be spent to improve the team.

This team has become an annuity for Angelos and his heirs…to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars of siphoned revenues from your pockets.

Either you think that’s unfair or you don’t.

But, trust me, the Orioles aren’t your “local friends” or “community minded.”

5 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    This whole mess with the Orioles not wanting to win just wanting to make money is apart of an overall symptom in MLB that has to end. The fact the the main money supply for owners now comes from TV and coprorate advertisements regardless of the on field record means the gate is just gravy. When you don’t need your gate to make the bulk of your money this crap occurs. MLB is a joke run by billionares who could give a s**t about fans. If MLB had a real comish who acted independent of the owners Angelos would have been read the riot act years ago and told to either sell or field a competitive team. Bud Selig and all the rest of the old men in MLB are just as much to blame here as Angelos. It’s a club which you can’t get into or thrown out of and they don’t want change because of the $$$$$. You know just like the US government.

  2. Steve Says:

    Like i said fans,,, LEARN FROM THE BALTIMORE COLTS FANS. Did they allow Irsay make profits by putting a scrub team on the field? So Irsay knew he cant make money in Baltimore so he moved them to indy. If O’s fans just dont show up or buy season tickets then Angelos will have to do ether 2 things 1.Sell the Club or 2.Move the team. We have a great NFL team in Baltimore it worked what Colts fans did so why not O’s fans do the samething?

  3. tsnamm Says:

    Hey Nestor… what is really shocking to me is the deafening silence of the national sports media, which has nothing to lose by pointing out the obvious… Look at what happened in LA with the sale of the Dodgers…$2.5 billion dollars…and 1.5 of that was based on the TV rights…they’re even talking about a couple of other teams that have TV contracts coming up and they’re all in the $700 million+ category, including such non-markets as San Diego…Angelos is just taking the money and running with his own LSN for 2(!) teams not just 1. I thought that MLB also dictated that any luxury tax money redistributed to the loser teams such as the Orioles had to be reinvested into on the field talent.Its painfully obvious that Angelos either has no idea on how to operate a major league sports franchise, has no civic pride or competitive fire, or is the worst most cynical owner, just leaving his team and city hinging out to dry as an erstwhile “Washington Generals” to the rest of the AL Easts “Harlem Globetrotters” While he counts his profits with no interest in running a team. The idea that “we can’t compete” is such a lame and loser mentality. I don’t know where to start to debunk that one its just so pathetic. Those who think we need to support the team because “we’re lucky to have one” must have battered wife syndrome…1-2 years could be just bad luck,going on 15 is a PLAN. keep the heat on Nestor you’re performing a civic duty…

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  5. Jeff Says:

    I think that when Jerry Hoffberger sold the Orioles back in late 70’s..things went downhill. But we did win under Edward Bennett Williams, especially because we Won WS in 1983. I wish one of Hoffberger’s sons would have taken over the team after EBW died & before Eli Jacobs then Angelos took over. When Jewish people own companies or teams, chances are things get done correctly and smoothly..most of the time!! Please, Please pray that Angelos sells the team to Cal Ripken..a non-Jew and the only person we can and should Trust to turn around our losing ways. Or get another Jewish owner who cared about Baltimore and our players & team as much as Hoffberger did.

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