Duquette sings same old, tired, unaccountable tune for King Peter

November 09, 2011 | Nestor Aparicio

Duquette sings same old, tired, unaccountable tune for King Peter

So today is one of those days where I’m going to speak my mind regarding the Baltimore Orioles and if you’re not interested in the truth, please read no further. And all of you fellow delirious Baltimore Ravens fans might want to stand at attention and learn a little something about the way sports DOES work and the way it DOESN’T in regard to the spirit of the city and enthusiasm and public interest and affection for a sports franchise.
The Baltimore Ravens are enjoying the neon purple afterglow of the greatest regular-season victory in the history of what has become a storied franchise just 16 years into its existence.
Meanwhile, across the street where no real journalism is being done and shameless profiteering and professional ineptitude is standard operating procedure, the Baltimore Orioles held another slapstick “press conference” on Tuesday afternoon for invited guests and partners to announce their next “savior” – a guy who hasn’t had a job in Major League Baseball in a decade and who is now touted as the “best available” candidate after virtually every major junior executive and senior executive who already had MLB jobs turned down this “incredible opportunity afforded by Mr. Angelos.”
Accountability and integrity were not invited to The Warehouse on Tuesday afternoon for the proceedings, which at times rivaled any good Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live skit for its clichés, tired excuses and backslapping for a bunch of other corporate “yes” men and attorneys for the Baltimore Orioles.
The troops of Peter G. Angelos propped up their latest puppet in the announcement of Dan Duquette as their new Vice President of something or another.  As you can imagine, I have nice little list of questions for the new poobah and “face” of the Orioles over the next foreseeable future but somehow, for the fifth consecutive year after having an Orioles media credential for 21 years, I didn’t make the cut to ask questions.
Neither did our WNST.net Orioles beat man Luke Jones, who is as big of an Orioles fan and historian as I’ve ever met, who spent 30 minutes at The Warehouse with his arm in the air at a press conference to never be called on to ask a question.
(And don’t get me started on how a women who sued me, my employees and my company for $800,000 and then quietly dropped her bogus case has a media pass and is somehow asking questions of accountability to Dan Duquette and anyone in the Baltimore sports media universe could think I’m perceived as the one who is lacking integrity or is lying?)
I’ve been invited to every media event in Baltimore for 27 years – except for the Orioles, of course. I have media privileges that gotten me inside the White House, the Super Bowl, Final Fours and virtually any other sporting event on the planet.
And when I’ve seen the way this intimidation, manipulation and “ownership” of the media works — with REAL stories over the past decade like steroids all over their clubhouse, mysterious deaths like Steve Bechler, and suicide of a storied franchise member and a murder case in the Dominican involving a player — and I’m standing at the civic casket of Mike Flanagan and watching the greatness of Brooks Robinson get dogged and ignored by everyone in the Orioles organization except for Bill Stetka (who I actually remember as one of the first “journalists” I ever met as a kid at SportsF1rst 

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  1. barnyard Says:

    I didn’t invent this phrase but it sure bears repeating in this case. The definition of stupidity is making the same gaffes & screw ups over & over again & expecting a different result. The new Shill Duquette has about as much chance of improving the Orioles as I do of taking pants off a bare ass. Danny boy needed a job & the $$, Peter Angelos needed someone to take the heat. End of story. Same ole same ole.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Same old s$$t different year. Whoever heard of a owner not showing up for a change of management. Hes a chicken…..buck….buck……buck…!

  3. Franchise Says:

    Nestor,

    It was Andy MacFAILURE’s proclamation when hired, “Playoffs in 2011″.

    Now it’s Dan Duquette’s pontification, “This Team will be a Contender”.

    My questions if I had a media pass would have been the following:

    What is your major league club player payroll threshold???
    Would you actively persue free agent Albert Pujols???
    Would you actively persue free agent CJ Wilson???
    Would you actively persue free agent Papelbon???

    Regards,

    Tampa Bay Rays Compete in the AL East

  4. jpetrosino Says:

    We all know Angelos only wants our money, so why not ask the real question to Comcast for paying Angelo the $3/month privilage to have MASN in their line-up for every sunscriber? With the lack of fan interest in the O’s, who needs who more — Comcast or MASN?… MASN of course. If I was running Comcast, I would tell Angelos no more surcharge for MASN, survive on your advertising or you can take you business elsewhere. MASH has no value add at this point.

  5. Chas Carlson Says:

    To Barnyard, the quote is not stupidity is defined by that, its insanity, and that might fit even better to describe Peter Angelos! The O’s are in shambles and its pathetic to watch any tidbit of news about them

  6. Delando Says:

    Did you really think that this hire would be any different than the rest? The Orioles will never change until there is a new owner. Until then, stop the whining about what they are or are not doing. They are who we think they are. When no shows up at the OPACY we all know why, THEY STINK!

  7. bobp Says:

    It would be nice when the Orioles hold the next press conference and no one showed up since there is nothing to see or hear in the last 14 years.

  8. Ballmer Bruce Says:

    As an Oriole fan for 53 years I have run out of was to express my frustration in writing. I still love baseball and I will still watch the Orioles on MLB.tv but I will not watch them play the Yankees or the Red Sox. Just not a level playing field. No excuse for the Orioles until they can at least pass by Toronto or Tampa but baseball needs a salary cap so that is not a surety that either the Yanks or Red Sox if not both are in the playoffs every year. And Selig wants another wild card team so as to insure that there is a 95% chance that both of these teams will be in the playoffs every year.

  9. John Says:

    Nestor since you hate the baseball team so bad stop writing about it, even when they won in 1983 you were mlove with the phillies

  10. Matt Says:

    Orioles could win if they tried to win. Salary cap is only another excuse for apologists to hide behind. Last two world series winners? Giants and Cardinals. Quick, name the power hitting third baseman for each?

    Orioles try to piece-meal a starting lineup together every year from bottom dollar free-agents; there is no consistency in the overall team chemistry from year to year. We haven’t had a consistent duo up the middle since Tejada and Roberts were juicin up. This team needs to bring in some young studs (Prince Fielder) and build a farm system by aggressively targeting quality college prospects and international players.

    Forget about spring training, it’s time for spring cleaning. New coaches, new scouts, new players. “When life gives you lemons make lemonade” doesn’t apply in baseball. Go make the team better.

  11. tsnamm Says:

    @Matt AMEN! A spring cleaning…I agree wholeheartedly, this organization is 2nd rate from top to bottom. The pitching was dead last, we have few if any desirable minor league players to bring up or trade, as most of them especially the pitchers, are already on the Major League roster doing nothing.And the idea that the Orioles either have no money and or can’t compete unless there is a salary cap are sad excuses from people who accept losing.The Orioles have one of the most lucrative LSN’s in the country and simply pocket the money, Salary cap? Never gonna happen. Besides how do you explain the Rays and Twins for example, non major market teams with middle of the road payrolls, who are consistently in the playoffs? Angelos couldn’t care less and the media around this town is complicit in the losing. Just awful.

  12. tsnamm Says:

    There are a number big name free agents good enough to build a team around…think they’re gonna offer them a contract? Albert Pujols? Prince Fielder? Jose Reyes? Please,when they make a run at talents like these I’ll believe they want to “turn things around” or “compete”,otherwise its business as usual.

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