As we watch the next press conference welcoming yet another Orioles manager to Baltimore amidst more rhetoric about the farm system, young players and how “tough” things are in the AL East, I’ll be wondering where the owner of the team is to take accountability for this 2010 meltdown.
Now in their 13th year of nonstop losing one thing has remained constant — the man who is responsible for all of this civic tragedy, Peter Angelos, will be absent once again.
And once again, Angelos’ many employees in the media will be front and center to ask their newest co-worker, Buck Showalter, softball questions and lay-ups while the team flounders, the downtown business community decays and the team is 32-73.
Today will once again illuminate the difference between the baseball team and the football team.
When the Ravens hire, fire or take on water, owner Steve Bisciotti shows up for the press conference and sometimes painfully has to accept responsibility for failures at season’s end.
Today, with the Orioles 13 years into a black hole, their owner Peter Angelos and his family will act the roles of cowards and scarecrows — fingers pointed in every direction except the mirror — and be absent from the front of the company and brand that they’ve systematically wrecked and then profiteered from via the cable TV gods and the ineptitude of Bud Selig and the MLB ownership group.
Baltimore continues to suffer the loss of its baseball heritage and joy.
Today is another stark, clear reminder of why the Orioles are a mess and the city is empty.
And Peter Angelos won’t be on the podium today to answer questions when he most certainly should be.
And WNST.net will be the ONLY media entity that publicly challenges this as unacceptable.
And until the ownership accepts accountability, things will never change for Baltimore baseball.
Let’s hear what Buck has to say about “saving” the Orioles today at noon.
But, really, what difference does it make? Anyone with any sense — and that often doesn’t include the people who are still watching this disgrace nine innings a night, seven nights a week — knows that no matter what “power” was promised to Showalter will soon be proven to be a lie, like all of the rest.
Only one man is in charge of the Orioles and he won’t be present today to answer questions from the real media or his employees and henchmen.
Welcome to Baltimore, Buck. You took the job.
And we all know what happens when you lay down with dogs…
Just because we’re betting against you doesn’t mean that we’re not pulling for you.
The smart money says you can’t fix this, Buck. But you probably already know that.
Of course, it’ll feel a lot better every two weeks when you get your direct deposit check.
But it won’t make you sleep better next May when this broken record gets replayed again and you’re the one in the dugout losing instead of poor Dave Trembley or Juan Samuel.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…