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Ed Hale on Blast title game: “It was so crazy, but it was a fun crazy”

Posted on 19 April 2016 by WNST Staff

Ed Hale joined Nestor fresh off of the Baltimore Blast’s 8th title and recapped their season as well as their unique experience playing for the championship in Senora, Mexico.

“When we got into the game, the entire arena, including all the aisle ways, were standing room only,” Hale said. “If a bomb went off or if a fire started in that place, there would have been thousands of people dead. It was so crazy, but it was fun crazy. The game was really really well played by both teams.”

The Baltimore Blast now have brought eight championships home to Baltimore. Congrats to Ed, Kevin Healey, Coach Kelly, and everyone involved in the Blast organization!

To hear Nestor’s full conversation with Ed Hale, listen here:

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MASN Money For Dummies (Part 4): Sue, sue, sue for the home team – Angelos v. Everyone

Posted on 22 January 2016 by Nestor Aparicio


“If we hadn’t reached a resolution with him, there is no doubt in my mind he would have sued,” said Bob DuPuy, baseball’s former president and chief operating officer. “He told my people he would sue and his professional background suggested that he was willing to sue.”

Bob DuPuy

Former MLB Chief Operating Officer

The New York Times

Aug. 19, 2011



Over the past decade, it’s clear that the script of “How to win the war with Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals over $298 million” reads directly from the Peter G. Angelos law firm playbook.

There’s not one step in this process where litigation wasn’t threatened or, inevitably, enacted. The money – as we’ve outlined in the previous three chapters of this “MASN Money For Dummies” series – per this unique arrangement with Bud Selig and the MLB owners, has all been designed from the outset to funnel into his pockets.

And anyone not named Angelos who believes they’re entitled to it can line up with their lawyers and watch his legal team dance – all while dangling the hundreds of millions of dollars that’s currently sitting in his coffers. Later in this series, I’ll examine the world from Angelos’ point of view and what it’s meant to the baseball operation of the Baltimore Orioles, but it’s very clear to anyone watching this epic legal struggle that there’s an astonishing amount of money at stake.

Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals are circling like buzzards to see what they can get – knowing they made a vague deal with a megalomaniac who has no intentions of ever giving any of them a nickel of the now billions in real money and value they’ve funneled his way since 2005.

If you want the money, you can deal with all of the aggravation, testimony, documents, discovery and lawyering up that Peter G. Angelos can muster and try to come and get it. Bud Selig left his throne without getting any closer than his successor Rob Manfred is getting. The dispute is now into its fifth year of absolute acrimony.

It was a fascinating admission on the part of Bob DuPuy, who was the foil in the Angelos-MLB negotiation at every turn in 2004 and 2005, that Angelos might be litigious. Some joked that DuPuy kept Amtrak in business, back and forth to Baltimore from New York to get a deal done for “Buddy,” who somehow thought he could strike up a reasonable agreement with Angelos after he crossed him by bringing a team to Washington.

Many make the mistake in believing that Angelos only likes asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits.

Au, contraire.

Angelos stormed about legal action against Albert Belle and voiding his contract after he gave a fan the middle finger at Camden Yards, and eventually saved $30 million with an insurance claim that the team went to great lengths to enact.

He got the city to threaten to sue MLB back in 1994, after he walked away from his fellow owners in the labor stoppage in 1995 when they wanted to field replacement players.

He threatened the NFL when he tried to buy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and even drew the attention of Art Modell before the Ravens came to Baltimore.

He’s fought with Ed Hale over billboards, aesthetics and advertising revenue at the then-First Mariner Arena.

He famously brought Russell Smouse, his lead lawyer, into the Orioles front office to keep things in order.

He threatened litigation and breach of contract with Dan Duquette in 2014, which is why the guy who’s currently running the team is still “running the team.”

Angelos wound up in a dispute with former GM Frank Wren over $400,000 after doing everything possible to publicly humiliate him with “causes” for his firing in the media. And that was 17 years ago.

And then, of course, the Angelos standby in contract negotiations with baseball players is the “player physical,” which has become something …

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Long-time GK Sagu to leave Blast

Posted on 30 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Baltimore Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey announced that Sagu, the Blast’s veteran goalkeeper, will not return to the Blast for the 2012-13 MISL season.  After eight seasons with Baltimore’s indoor soccer franchise, Sagu will return to Dallas where his professional U.S. career began.  The Blast will start the 2012-13 MISL season in early November.

“The first time I saw Sagu was when he was the goalie for Dallas,” said Blast Owner Ed Hale.  “We were in need of a top-flight goalie when he came to Baltimore.  He exceeded all our expectations, winning three championships and four Goalkeeper of the Year awards.  We wish him and his wife the best in their future in Dallas.”

Sagu, the MVP of the 2009 Championship Game, earned seven All-League selections during his time in Baltimore.  He boasted an 11-4 regular season record during the 2008-09 season and led the Blast to a 6-5 victory in the championship game.  Sagu joined the Blast prior to the 2004-05 season via a trade with Cleveland (for Chris Handsor) after the Force acquired him in the dispersal draft. In eight Blast seasons Sagu went 95-61, averaging more than 11 wins a year.  Sagu, who served as team captain for the 2011-12 season, was named Goalkeeper of the Year four of the last five seasons and won championships with the Blast in 2006, 2008 and 2009.  En route to last season’s Championship Series appearance, Sagu went 15-5 and was twice named the MISL Goalkeeper of the Month.  He ended his career in Baltimore by leading the MISL with 15 wins and a 9.61 points allowed average, earning the MISL’s 2012 PAA award.

Upon returning to Dallas, Sagu will coach youth goalkeepers at the club level and join the Dallas Sidekicks of the PASL.  Sagu began his career with the Sidekicks and was named WISL Goalkeeper of the Year and First-Team All-WISL in 2000 and 2001.

“Before I moved to Baltimore I lived in Dallas and everyone who knows me knows that I always wanted to go back after my retirement from the Blast,” said Sagu.  “I got an excellent opportunity to go back and I can’t let it pass.  I’m thinking now about my future coaching goalkeepers and this is a choice I made for my future.”


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