The Peter Principles (Ch. 2): The error of tyranny at Camden Yards

March 30, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

information was escaping The Warehouse. He worked in the legal profession and leaked information could cost you a case, cost someone their freedom, cost millions of dollars. Foss came from a similar world of confidentiality in the banking space.

Angelos never believed that any of his internal actions would wind up in the public spotlight. Anything he ever did at his law firm or around his tavern wasn’t subjected to public knowledge or criticism. He was totally accustomed to operating in a bubble and now the sports media and others would be evaluating every action.

It was the downside of public life that Angelos never truly knew because he hadn’t lived in that world as a “below the radar” attorney who only thought he wanted to be famous. And being in the public eye well into his sixties was Angelos’ goal all along and he truly believed he’d only get the shiny side of fame. He thought Baltimore would fall as in love with him as he was in love with himself and his purported image.

And all Angelos wanted at this time was attention and love from Baltimore sports fans.

And amidst the daily drama of a noxious baseball strike and the comings and goings of more front office and management personnel – and in an offseason when there were no “offseason acquisitions” on the field or in free agency because the entire sport was shut down – Angelos turned his attention to another place where he could get a daily dose of attention and determination while baseball was on an expensive, ugly hiatus.

The only thing that could replace Major League Baseball in Baltimore would be the National Football League. The league and its commissioner Paul Tagliabue had just told Gov. Schaefer that he should “build a museum” in Baltimore instead of recruiting and NFL team.

Less than two years earlier, several MLB owners and insiders told him that he need not bother trying to acquire the Orioles and six months later he owned the franchise. Now, heading into 1995, Angelos believed he was the man who would do the impossible, twice.

Angelos was determined to get an NFL team back in the Charm City and was ready to do anything necessary to make it happen.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. justafan Says:

    My problem with the Orioles is that they withhold opening day tickets from the average fan as an incentive to sell their various season ticket plans. As a result, fans who cannot afford a season ticket plan cannot get opening day tickets. This really ticks me off because I was able to get a ticket to the Nationals opening game without a hassle. The Orioles treat their average fans like a piece of excrement.

  2. justafan Says:

    Fortunately, I was able to get a ticket to the opening game on line yesterday. A good seat too! Section 328 in the lower boxes.

  3. Eddie Says:

    Imagine that , a successful business lasting a hundred years , run by all white wealthy males , anyone surprised by that ? I guess The Nationl Football League would fall into that catagory too . I wonder what we’d be watching for sports entertainment if it weren’t for those white rich guys , I shudder to think .

  4. RJ Says:

    It intrigues me that you can forgive the Irsays for moving the Colts OUT of Baltimore, yet hammer Angelos continuously, even though the Os STILL remain in Baltimore…..certainly, I will never understand this dichotomy in thinking on your part. Sometimes I think you just want Angelos to give you some sort of recognition, which he will never do, nor should do given your incessant rants. But if it makes you feel better, go for it!

  5. jay Says:

    Eddie – Killer racist comment, but professional sports league have a league monopoly and enjoy quite a few benefits that most businesses do not, thus they have no competition that can operate with the same profit margins. Why don’t you shut the hell up before you go spouting of quasi-racist sentiments whilst having little to no idea what you are talking about, ok? THANKS!

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