Orioles Magic and 666: The Number of The East

September 27, 2012 | Nestor Aparicio

San Diego or Amsterdam, he might want to carve out four weeks in the offseason to #LEGGO to Dundalk or Essex.

Here one more “stupid” idea:

Why not encourage tailgating for the playoff game(s)?

I’ll be walking through the Ravens’ parking lot in a few hours. Here’s the dumbest statement of the day — it’s the SAME parking lot as the Orioles.

The reason people love football games is that they like to hang out with their friends and get hammered before the game. That’s just the truth. It’s the Preakness infield – in short form and far more family friendly – for three hours before every home game. And when the weather is glorious – as it is for 60 of the 81 Orioles’ home games – people would love to party and listen to music and talk about the sport before the games.

I hope these six games of “magic” go quickly. I hope the Orioles are battling for an AL East crown next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Tampa. I hope to enjoy the Boston Red Sox madness this weekend and week should bring if you love baseball the way I’ve always loved baseball.

But we all know this 2012 Baltimore Orioles team is truly luckier than they are good. And they’re grittier than they are anything else. And sorta “magical” in the true sense of the word.

Every statistical measurement will back that up.

I have no idea what the future will hold and very little faith in the ability of Angelos and his family to not completely screw this up – long term.

I think Buck Showalter is a genius manager. I think Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Jim Johnson and Manny Machado are nice pieces to build around. I think Dan Duquette is a savant when it comes to picking through MLB trash and finding some pearls, if not quite diamonds in the rough.

So, I’m enjoying all of the sixes. Keep them rolling.

Everything is coming up 6’es.

Who knows?

Maybe the Baltimore Orioles will win the World Series in six games?

9 Comments For This Post

  1. eric Says:

    Disagree on the luck part. Bad run differential caused by Arrieta,Matusz and Hunter in rotation and injuries to Markakis and Hammel in July. Since Aug 1st run differential is plus 54 and that’s playing NY,TB,Det and Chi a combined 18 times

  2. Calvin @ JHH Says:

    I don’t think this team is lucky, but I agree with most of your article. Was looking at the Bromo Seltzer tower last night and I was wondering why not use Orange lighting since the O’s are playing?

    The O’s have 14+ yrs of making up to do with this city and one great season will not change people’s attitudes.

  3. David Says:

    I agree with mostly everything you’ve said, esp the tailgating! I am a die hard Orioles fan and do everything I can to see as many games as poss. from central pa. Normally that amounts to somewhere between 3-10 games a year which says a lot seeing as how they cost me between $200-$300 per game. But I live a lot close to Pittsburgh and I love Baseball so I see games in Pittsburgh as well. The pregame atsmophere in Pittsburgh is 1000 times better than Baltimore. It’s a great time drinking and partying before the games and there is suprisingly less crime than one would think! It’s about having a good time not causing trouble. It seems that its not only not promoted in Baltimore but its discouraged and even banned. My final statement is if you want the people to come out LET THEM HAVE FUN! LET THEM PARTY A LITTLE BEFORE THE GAME! They seem to know the concept for ravens games.

  4. Dave Says:

    With all due respect Nestor, I find this article to be hypocritical. I agree with your premise: The Orioles should be doing more, if nothing else based on the idea that you can always be doing more and better. I think the Orioles have been doing a pretty good job of being more involved in the community, which is saying something because they have always been very involved in the community.

    But you know who could be doing a lot more, mainly because this person has spent so little on the Orioles? You. I appreciate the fact that you’ve led bus trips to Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. However, consider this: each of the people who went on one of your bus trips spent more to go on that trip than you have spent on the Orioles all year. Your hatred and disdain for Peter Angelos has driven you to the point that you would rather give money to the Yankees and Red Sox than the Orioles. You have the power to do so much to help the Orioles, but you are doing virtually nothing when you consider how much you could be helping them and supporting them. Talking about them isn’t enough Nestor. It’s time for people like you to rally support for the Orioles.

    Put aside the past Nestor. The Orioles have proven repeatedly this season that they don’t care about the past, they care about now. Why can’t you do the same?

  5. Jeff Says:

    The tailgaiting thing has something to do with the agreement with Maryland Stadium Authority doesn’t it? I don’t see why tailgating couldn’t be allowed at, say, 10 home games throughout the season, roughly the same amount as the football season. Why not allow tailgating at Opening Day, most Sundays, and other high profile games if the team is in a pennant chase?

  6. charlie Says:

    not until the o’s and the ravens play each other do i need to choose between them. until then, there’s no reason for a baltimore fan not to feel entitled to root for both teams.

    that said, it’ll take more than this season to erase the bitterness over lord peter angelos’ lousy behaviors. but winning is a great start. keeping lord peter locked up in the broom closet would also help.

  7. P Gavin Says:

    More Hypocrisy and Band Wagon Jumping. Boasting about bus trips is so shallow. They are part of the business model for the radio station. Unless they are done “at cost” and no profit is made, then Nestor can crow about being a supporter of the team. In an complete reversal of “The Godfather” it is “personal, not business”. With every appearance on radio and EVERY single blog entry highlighting “mistreatment” by the O’s management how can any rational person think otherwise? If I am listening to Drew’s show, I know that every time Nestor chimes in he will go to his talking points. They are stated the exact same way EVERY single time, is there a teleprompter in studio?

    I find it humorous to the delusion(in Nestor’s mind) that Peter Angelos has any thought about him at all. A grand conspiracy against a small station that in traditional measurables has little impact is ludicrous. That is your mountain to climb and not that all of your competition is spreading lies about your “ratings”. Always blaming others speaks to an inherent weakness of what you want to accomplish. Look in the mirror and think about all of the people you have fired(and brag about that fact as well) before casting stones about how the O’s have treated people. Intimating that Flanagan’s problems may lay at the feet of Angelos is bordering on some dangerous ground.

    Now laying claim that your heart is torn between two loves is nuts. Since the Ravens have come to town they also have been part of the equation(business, not personal) in promotion of the radio station. You cater to and pander to them because you need them. Baseball(due to it being an everyday thing) has never lent itself to “guys in the community” like football. Totally different animals. And to have access to players, again not really part of how baseball has ever been done. Baseball players are way different than other team sports, most are too cool for school types, the play of the game lends itself to that. it is generally not communal(hitting and pitching are solitary acts). Baseball may need to change, but to say that the Oriole Management is doing to you in particular is disingenuous.

    Get off the talking points, it is so tired and trite. Nobody cares if you go or not, but to beat on the same drum over and over and over again accomplishes nothing.

  8. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    With 6 games remaining DON’T count on the Red Sox rolling over. They would like nothing better to have PAY-BACK from what happened last year. Knocking the O’s out of the playoffs would make there pitiful year worth while.

  9. bill Says:

    dude- any money you are spending on ANY ticket is a tax write off for you,so just shut your pie hole….

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