The Peter Principles (Ch. 11) – Letting The Moose Loose in pinstripes

August 11, 2017 | Nestor Aparicio

Baltimore fans, he would move on. That’s his prerogative. I’m not going to say anything negative about him. Personally, I like him.”

Angelos told the newspaper that Mussina promised him a “final call” but didn’t keep his word. Then, Angelos asked the reporter what the eventual terms were in New York.

When told, it was $88.5 millon, Angelos provided his own punchline: “No wonder he didn’t call back.”

Mussina would’ve signed for $13 million per year – same as Albert Belle got – in March 2000. In August, Tellem told Angelos if the Orioles did six years and $84 million, Mussina would stay.

Oddly enough, it wasn’t the money that complicated the negotiations with the Yankees. Mussina, who loved basketball, wanted it in his contract that he’d be allowed to play hoops in the offseason in a gym he’d built in his home in the hills of Pennsylvania, something that Cal Ripken had written into his deal in Baltimore that Angelos refused to grant anyone else in the offseason between October and January.

It was one of the sticking points that really frustrated Rafael Palmeiro and Roberto Alomar – the special treatment that Ripken and Brady Anderson seemed to get in their preferential relationship with Angelos, who they personally negotiated with over the years at Boccacio restaurant in Little Italy. Ripken and Anderson both made sure their contracts allowed them to stay at their hotel of choice on the road, away from the team, another quirk that irked the Latin players, who felt disrespected and a notch below