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Your Monday Reality Check-The Only Word I Can Think Of Is Embarrassment

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Your Monday Reality Check-The Only Word I Can Think Of Is Embarrassment

Posted on 02 April 2012 by Glenn Clark

Despite a couple of you who really struggled with the idea of “having fun”, Drew Forrester and I managed to pull off a semi-decent April Fools’ Day prank Sunday.

(Did you miss it? Check my personal Facebook page by searching for “Glenn Clark” and adding the guy who is “Zaching” or check my personal Twitter @GlennClarkWNST for the details. But to make sure we’re clear, Drew and I are NOT leaving WNST. You could probably tell that by )

It was a fun Sunday for those who were able to chuckle about it. For the gang over at CBS Radio Baltimore-I could sense they were in a bit of a panic.

One CBS Radio Baltimore (they operate our “competitor” 105.7 The Fan by the way) employee was particularly panicked about the whole gag, using it as an opportunity to take personal shots at members of our company. It’s not surprising and really doesn’t bother me that much. It just served as a nice reminder (or “Reality Check” if you will) about the differences between “us” and “them”.

Here at WNST this week we’re not going to be particularly busy worrying about our competitors. Not that we’re always this way, but we have some much more pressing issues to deal with this week.

This week we’re going to do what the gang at CBS absolutely does not have the cojones to do.

We’re going to stand up to the Baltimore Orioles and we hope you’ll be a part of it.

There’s some great symbolism to the various events we’re going to do here at WNST this week.

You see, on Monday night we’ll be at Bill Bateman’s in Perry Hall hanging out with Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco. It’s easy to imagine that every fire code in Baltimore County will be violated by our event. On Thursday night, we’re gathering by the Brooks Robinson statue downtown to mark the start of the Birds’ season with a “Free The Birds” candlelight vigil. In all honesty, I’m particularly worried that there will only be a few of us hanging out as the O’s tend to elicit nothing more than apathy here in Charm City.

The Ravens haven’t played a game since January and we’re worried about having enough security for Monday night’s event. The Orioles play their first game Friday and we’re worried about tumbleweeds Thursday night.

I think Ian Eagle would describe this as “not a low blow, but just a fact.”

Of course I’m not leaving WNST. Part of the reason why I’m grateful for every day I have with the company is because I get to say and do the right thing this week. I couldn’t imagine how I’d feel about myself if I had to spend the week discussing “hope for the future” or something about how we should just celebrate the 20th anniversary of Camden Yards and not be too hard on the team that gave us such an iconic part of the Inner Harbor.

I don’t know that I could do it.

Some will think of it as “Bashing Barbaro” week around here (I’ll just let you think about that one), but we’re not going to stop telling it like it is when it comes to the Orioles. In the spirit of equine conversation, theirs is a “horses***” organization.

Cue Ian Eagle again.

Theirs is an organization that will once again force it’s own fans to suffer through the embarrassment of six months of meaningless and mostly terrible baseball. They’ll continue to spit in the collective faces of the people of our city and they’ll do so without much in the way of concern. I’d keep telling you about it but the fact is…you’re already aware.

I’m going to be a part of Free The Birds this week because Opening Day is a reminder of the embarrassment that comes with being a Baltimore Orioles fan.

I’m rarely embarrassed as a Baltimore Ravens fan. I’m only sometimes embarrassed as a Maryland Terrapins fan. I’m almost always embarrassed as a Baltimore Orioles fan.

That’s why I’m going to grab a candle and wander down to the statue Thursday night. What a fitting place to recognize the embarrassment of being an Orioles fan…the statue that the organization refused to support recognizing one of their greatest players in franchise history.

How many times have I put the word “embarrassment” in this column already?

I’m going to stand up and be counted. I’m not going to allow the message to be mixed. I’m not going to simply say something along the lines of “this isn’t that big of a deal” or “I just don’t really care all that much about Orioles baseball.”

I care a LOT about the Baltimore Orioles. I just simply can’t stomach the state my relationship with them. I have to do something.

Thursday night will be my counseling. I’ve tried talking to them about it and they’ve ignored me. I can’t leave our relationship because my love for them is too strong. Gathering with other battered and bruised fans is about the only recourse I have at this point.

I hope to talk openly about how I’ve been mistreated by the Orioles Thursday night. I hope that you as a fan will do the same thing.

This is why we exist as a local sports media organization. There are people in this town who won’t stand up to the Orioles because they really DON’T care. They DON’T have the stories you and I do. They AREN’T staring at a framed autographed Brooks Robinson print hanging above their TV as they type like I am. They have no reason to fight back because the fight is meaningless to them.

It isn’t meaningless to me. I’m going to fight. I’m sick of being embarrassed year in and year out.

I hope you’ll join me.

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Fans against Mussina’s Orioles Hall of Fame induction misguided with anger

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Fans against Mussina’s Orioles Hall of Fame induction misguided with anger

Posted on 29 March 2012 by Luke Jones

The announcement of former pitcher Mike Mussina being elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame was predictably met with a variety of emotions on Wednesday.

Even Mussina’s biggest supporters in Baltimore have a difficult time overcoming the awkwardness involved with his departure for the hated New York Yankees and cannot forget the countless games he pitched against the Orioles over his eight seasons in the Bronx. There’s no overcoming the feeling that Mussina was supposed to be a “lifer” in the same sense of Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, and Jim Palmer after he was drafted and developed by the Orioles in a similar manner.

However, a vocal minority of fans have voiced displeasure in his inclusion, citing him becoming a traitor for joining the Orioles’ biggest rival at the time. Even a few personal friends whose opinions I respect in regards to baseball and the Orioles shared this sentiment, in fact.

My only reply was, “Seriously?”

I covered the topic in more depth and offered my history lesson of the circumstances surrounding Mussina’s exit during Thursday’s edition of The Morning Reaction, which you can find in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault:

Luke Jones offers his thoughts on fans opposed to Mike Mussina’s Orioles Hall of Fame induction

Though I would never go as far as saying anyone should lose sleep over the end result for Mussina — an $88 million contract and eight years of winning in New York obviously go a long way — nor would I take issue with fans’ decision to boo Mussina as a member of the Yankees, holding a grudge against the third-winningest pitcher in Orioles history is a simple case of misguided anger.

In researching his departure following the 2000 season, I found a quote made by the pitcher about the Orioles’ effort to keep him in Baltimore.

“Waiting as long as I did with nothing happening, it was just disappointing. If they really wanted me to come back, I think they would have done a little more.”

Reading that poignant comment nearly 12 years later, it’s the same general feeling shared by many who’ve witnessed the demise of a once-proud franchise and by others who have ultimately turned their backs at some point along the way.

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Do we REALLY still blame Mike Mussina for leaving Baltimore?

Posted on 29 March 2012 by Peter Dilutis

I haven’t been writing too much lately.

Part of that has to do with not totally being over the way the Ravens season ended in New England. After all, like most of you, I’m still just a normal Baltimore sports fan. Unfortunately with the Orioles being the Orioles and with the Terps being down, there just hasn’t been too much else to be excited about around here.

Yes, Brian Matusz has looked good this spring, and that’s such a big positive for an organization trying to find its way in the now absurd American League East. The quickest way to the top is by finding pitching, and more pitching, and more pitching, and more pitch….you get the picture. So, I guess I could spend more time talking about Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta and J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis and Adam Jones, but will the performance of any or all of those players really make a difference when the optimism of spring subsides and the dog days of July and August (aka swoon time) arrive in Charm City? Probably not.

Once upon a time, however, the Baltimore Orioles had many players that could be described as difference makers on a championship contending team. Mike Mussina was one of those players.

Mike Mussina was a home-grown product for the Birds. Drafted out of Stanford with the 20th pick in the 1990 draft, Mussina went on to spend 10 seasons in Baltimore. He was the unquestioned ace of the staff, compiling a record of 147-81 with a 3.53 ERA during his time with the O’s. He played 10 seasons in Birland, ultimately leaving for between three to five million more per season (depending on whether or not you count the last-ditch effort the O’s made to sign Moose after he had already decided he was leaving for the Bronx) to play for the most prominent, historic, and successful team in MLB history.

Mussina made this career move as the Orioles were three years into their now 14 straight (15 if you cheat and chalk 2012 up as a lost cause already) losing seasons. He jumped ship after he witnessed Peter Angelos run off Davey Johnson, whose two years in Baltimore happened to coincide with the only two years the Orioles made the playoffs during Mussina’s tenure.

In other words, Mike Mussina jumped off the Titanic and landed on a billion dollar yacht headed for nothing but sunshine. Did I blame him then? Honestly, I did a little bit. I was young and I felt betrayed by one of my favorite baseball players. And the Orioles were still a pretty legitimate franchise back then, even if signs of their eventual demise were starting to appear.

But do I blame him now, looking back? Absolutely not! Are you kidding me?

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An Oriole Park 20-Year Anniversary Anthem

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An Oriole Park 20-Year Anniversary Anthem

Posted on 28 March 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

Talkin’ Baseball (Orioles Version) by: Terry Cashman


An Orioles classic that I took the liberty of updating the words to, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The first few years the wins were thin,

But Camden Yards still packed ‘em in,

And baseball was alive in Baltimore

Robby and Raffy in the mix

And by 1996

The Oriole Way of yesterday was back in force.


We’re talking baseball

Ripken, Moose and Surhoff

Orioles Baseball

Brady Anderson with his shirt off

The Boomer, Kevin Brown and Bobby Bo

He wouldn’t trade ‘em then he watched ‘em go

It’s Orioles baseball…and Peter Angelos.


The Ravens came upon the scene,

And B-More had another team,

And the city threw a lot of green their way.

The Expos in DC,

Peter crying, “Woe is me”,

And the feverish fans who packed the stands had gone away.


We’re talking baseball,

Belle, Segui, Cordova

Orioles Baseball

The glory days are over.

Tejada gave a shot to Palmeiro.

What was in that needle no one knows,

It’s Orioles baseball…and Peter Angelos.


When you’re talking Baltimore baseball,

You’re talking Angelos,

I won’t forget the way I cried

The day our old friend Flanny died

And will they ever win again nobody knows

I hate you…Angelos


The O’s they now have MASN,

And it’s sure to bring the cash in

They’re even making money off the Nats.

But they still blame the Sox and Yanks as yet another season tanks.

And down on the farm they’re not growing arms and they don’t buy bats.


We’re talking baseball

Cabrera and Bedard

Orioles baseball

Ponson fighting in a bar

And where does all that MASN money go?

Not to the team, it goes to Angelos

It’s barely baseball, ’cause Peter killed the O’s.


We’re talking baseball…baseball and the O’s

(the birds, the birds, the birds)

We’re talking Peter…Peter Angelos

(the crook, the bum, the louse)

He hood winked us all

And stole our baseball.

(the pain, the blame, the shame)

It’s barely baseball

(the birds, the birds, the birds)

He purchased the team,

And ruined our dreams

(the crook, the bum, the louse)

We’re talking baseball…and Peter Angelos.





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Angelos leading class-action lawsuit against Facebook

Posted on 24 February 2012 by WNST Staff

Two Maryland law firms have filed a class-action lawsuit in California federal court against Facebook, claiming the social media empire illegally tracked the web activity of its members.

The law offices of Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos and William H. Murphy filed the suit in U.S. District court in San Jose on Feb. 17. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook used online tracking technology to monitor its 800 million-plus users even when they weren’t visiting the social networking site.

Two plaintiffs have been named in the case, Laura Maguire of Charlotte, N.C. and Baltimore resident Christopher Simon.

Facebook issued a statement with its belief that the case is without merit.
Lawsuits of this nature that question privacy issues are fairly common and typically own class-action status.

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Posted on 17 February 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

Are you at war with the Orioles?


It sounds a tad dramatic sure, and I’ll acknowledge it’s an overstatement at the least, but make no mistake about it; the Orioles are at war with you.


The Orioles at war with you, they’re at war with Major League Baseball, they’re at war with the players and they’re at war with anyone standing between them and their next dollar. And the sooner we can all acknowledge that simple truth, the sooner we can put our collective heads together and forge an amicable solution.


In order to assess our collective position, let’s understand the means by which we arrived here. As I’ve said throughout this drama, in my lifetime (coming up on 39 years) the early part of the Angelos tenure was surely the best of times.

Camden Yards was fresh and new, the Orioles were playing to packed houses and were the only ticket in town, and unlike the Eli Jacobs regime that preceded his, the Angelos regime was ready to share that wealth with big names on the field and in the front office. Everyone it seemed was happy.


Then the Ravens came to town and we quite simply lost our way. Art Modell came to town with a questionable business reputation (fair or not) at best and the city threw money at him, lent him more money at favorable terms on top of it, and provided cushy lease terms at an adjoining downtown ballpark to his palace. The argument could certainly be made that in Oriole Park at Camden Yards the city gave Angelos quite a gift too, but that wouldn’t be altogether fair, as Angelos picked up the O’s after the advent of Camden Yards and therefore absorbed some of that benefit in the purchase price. The city “gave” the stadium and all of its inherent benefit to the Orioles (the Eli Jacobs Orioles) and Jacobs essentially walked away with those benefits by way of the inflated purchase price. *Remember that precedent by the way.


So back to Peter’s perspective:


Here’s Angelos in 1995, spending like hell to field a winner and we the fans begrudge (and even blast) him for silly things like talking too long at Cal Ripken’s 2131 ceremony. He squashes the 1996 trade that would have jettisoned Bobby Bonilla and David Wells and watches the team surge in the standings and actually make the playoffs and still couldn’t get love. He even brought back Eddie Murray. Then he watched the city bend over backward for and celebrate an NFL owner whose bad decisions in running his team necessitated a quick bailout. As I remember, Angelos spoke up about what he saw as disparate treatment then, but was mostly dismissed.


In 1998 the team began to show its age (after a wire-to-wire division title) and the fans quickly turned on the talent at hand. I remember the calls flooding the radio shows begrudging our mercenaries and clamoring for young talent that “played like they wanted to be there”. The O’s began churning the roster and the Ravens began turning a page of their own and winning and the fans had alternatives, and decisions to make with their entertainment dollars.


By 1999 it was evident that the Expos were leaving Montreal, and for those that were paying careful attention, there was nowhere to put them but DC. Angelos was at war with his TV network, CSN, and while his best interests were served by keeping a team out of DC, the network saw dollar signs and the potential of another team on their network therefore putting their best interests in direct opposition with Angelos and the Orioles. Coincidentally, see MASN for the results of how that battle turned out.


Additionally it seemed that the state of Maryland would have had a legitimate and vested interest in compelling a DC team to build their stadium in Maryland, therefore there was no support from the state or the Stadium Authority to be expected for the O’s.


The fight to keep the Expos out of DC was Angelos’ to fight alone.


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Rest easy — the Orioles aren’t signing Manny Ramirez (right?)

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Rest easy — the Orioles aren’t signing Manny Ramirez (right?)

Posted on 08 February 2012 by Drew Forrester

I won’t guarantee this.

I’ll SUPER-guarantee it.

The Orioles aren’t going to sign Manny Ramirez.

Yes, yes, I’m well aware Dan Duquette has publicly admitted the Orioles have “explored” a possible contract with the once-prolific, twice-suspended malcontent.

I reported the details of the potential marriage RIGHT HERE at WNST.net yesterday.

But they’re not going to sign Ramirez.


Because there’s no way they’re that dumb.  Or that gullible.  Or that much in need of someone to generate polarizing commentary among the fans and media.

I’m SUPER-guaranteeing it.  They’re not signing Manny Ramirez.

There’s no reason to sign the former Red Sox slugger.  None.  The only thing he brings to the Orioles – or anyone else for that matter – is the high likelihood of regret.  Call it buyer’s remorse or any other fancy description for what happens when you take a gamble on someone or something you shouldn’t be gambling on, but that’s exactly the scenario created by a Ramirez contract.

Are you a black-jack player?  You pull a King and the 8 of Hearts.  You staying on 18?  Or do you want another card?  Right.  You’ll hold. That next card could be an ace, 2 or 3 — but you know, as a gambler, the odds are greater that you’re getting a 4 or higher when that next card is flipped.

Ramirez is the “10″ you pull when you’re already on King-8.

He’s a bad gamble.

Make that…a horrible gamble.

Why on earth would the Orioles trust him after what he did to Tampa Bay last April?  Answer: They won’t.  That’s why they’re not going to sign him.

Ramirez made $18 million in 2010 with the Dodgers and White Sox.

No one in the league wanted him last off-season.  No one.  So he decided to sign on with the Rays for the “paltry” sum of $2 million. And then…about ten weeks later, he quit.  Just like that.  He quit.

Why did he quit?  Well, for starters, he wound up getting busted for a 2nd violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, a test result he contested but nonetheless lost when he was suspended for 100 games.

(Please see next page)

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The Baltimore teams show their true colors…again

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The Baltimore teams show their true colors…again

Posted on 01 February 2012 by Drew Forrester

If you know of a place I can find a dead horse, ship it to me in Indianapolis.  I’m here all week covering Super Bowl 46.

I’ll find a baseball bat somewhere in the hotel.

Today was the once-a-year occasion where everyone in Baltimore gets to see precisely why the Ravens are the Ravens and play in front of 70,000 people ten times a year and why the Orioles are the Orioles and play in front of crowds of 7,000 more times than they’ll ever publicly admit.

In a weird twist of fate, I have another story to add to the mix. It won’t surprise you.  But it will be another log-in-the-fire that continues to rage in Baltimore as our baseball team – now with a new accomplice – once again displays an amazing lack of professionalism.

How does that situation involve you and/or the fans in Baltimore?

It does, trust me.

If you saw the press conference today – the “State of the Ravens” as they like to call it in Owings Mills – you witnessed the football organization allowing the media to openly discuss their method of operation.  There was nothing particularly earth shattering to come out of the 55-minute gathering.  It was filled with mostly benign stuff like “Joe Flacco and Ray Rice are a priority.”  (We knew that already.)  ”The Ravens are going to do everything we can to get better by looking at all available player options.”  (Right…we knew that too.)  ”We feel like our team is built for the now and the future.”  (Of course you do.)

But it wasn’t the content or the quality that mattered today.  When you’re 12-4 and come within three-tenths of a second from going to the Super Bowl, there aren’t a lot of blemishes and hiccups to discuss.

What was important, of course, was the mere fact that the Ravens undressed themselves in front of the media and allowed everyone to ask questions about their hairy legs, love handles and receding hairline.

The Orioles never let you see them dressed or undressed.  Unless you happen to be part of their inner circle.

They remain as disingenious with the community and the media as they’ve ever been, despite modest improvements over the last few years in their day-of-game entertainment and civic endeavors.  They’re the friend who ignores your text when your car breaks down and you need a ride to work.  They’re the co-worker who tells you the company tickets for the football game have been claimed, only to see them in the top drawer of his desk a week later when he asks you to grab his car keys before heading out to lunch.  The Orioles are the ex-girlfriend who never liked your favorite band until AFTER you guys broke up eight months ago.

They’re lazy, mean-spirited and never quite fully aware of how much they hurt you.  (Please see next page)

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Shame on you, Baltimore, for bashing Brian Roberts

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Shame on you, Baltimore, for bashing Brian Roberts

Posted on 14 January 2012 by Drew Forrester

You know it’s a slow off-season for your baseball team when the most exciting news is the return of a cartoon character to the team’s hat and the biggest controversy is whether or not the club’s most popular player is attending FanFest or not.

Welcome to Orioles 2012.

The Brian Roberts saga reached new heights this week when the club announced he wouldn’t be attending next Saturday’s FanFest due to his continuing battle with post-concussion syndrome.

Orioles fans everywhere – well, not everywhere, but the 1,691 who still really care – were outraged.

Most people couldn’t understand how Roberts, headache and all, isn’t able to “just sit at a table and sign stuff”.  Some have even gone as far as to suggest the popular 2nd baseman might be jaking it.  That makes sense — I can just hear Roberts and his wife at their Thanksgiving feast now.  ”If I can keep having these headaches for two months, maybe I won’t have to go to FanFest.”

Why on earth would Brian Roberts want to submit himself to this scenario next Saturday…

“Hi Brian, we love you.  We can’t wait to see  you on the field again.  When you comin’ back, hon?” (Roberts: “I’m not sure, whenever the doctors say it’s OK and my head stops hurting and bright lights don’t bother me and I can listen to James Taylor on my iPod without throwing up.”)

“Brian, it’s great to see you.  You gonna play this year?” (“I hope so.  I want to.  But I have to feel better first.”)

“Brian, my Uncle Cliff had a concussion once and we made him drink a bunch of V-8 tomato juice and do a handstand and it helped him like you wouldn’t believe.” (“Wow, that’s really interesting.  I might have to try that.”)

“Oh, Brian, we miss you so much.  Can’t you just play two or three games a week?”  (“Well, I’m not sure.  I’m trying to get better real quick for all of you though, so I’ll get back in there as soon as I can.”)

“I don’t understand.  I played high school football back in 1983 and I got a concussion in the state quarterfinals but I came right back and played the following week in the semifinals, headache and all.  I just decided to tough it out.” (“Wow, that’s really inspiring.  Your school must have been really proud.”)

“We bought tickets to opening day just to see you, Brian.  Don’t let us down.” (“I don’t want to let you down, believe me, but I have to listen to my doctors.  But thanks for buying those tickets.”)

“You still gonna collect that $20 million the team owes you?” (“I’m just trying to come back and play baseball…”)

“Can you and your wife still have sex when you have those headaches?  I got a concussion a couple of weeks ago when I got drunk in Canton and fell in the street as I was leaving Looney’s and I just don’t feel like being intimate with my girlfriend anymore.” (“Well, umm…that’s sort of private.”)

“Why didn’t you answer that guy’s question about having sex with your wife?  We pay your salary, remember.” (“I think I’m gonna throw up.  I’ll be right back.”)

Let’s all admit this.

We wouldn’t want those questions if we were right of mind, let alone if we were battling our way through a concussion that has somehow lingered for the better part of 18 months. (Please see next page)

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Evict the Orioles

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Evict the Orioles

Posted on 22 December 2011 by Thyrl Nelson

I wrote this a few months back, but am talking about it on today’s show, therefore I felt that a reprisal was in order.


As the inevitability of a 15th straight losing season hangs over the Orioles like so many other dark clouds, the realization occurs that Baltimore has now dealt with a less than mediocre baseball team for longer than the NFL’s exodus from the city lasted. And from where I sit today, the former has been far more painful than the latter.

While Bob Irsay has always been the default answer to the most detestable man in Baltimore sports history, Peter Angelos has now entered the argument in a very big way and threatens to quickly run away with the title (although likely not with the team).


Like Irsay, it seems that Angelos has simply decided that it’s a better proposition to bank the inevitable riches inherent with owning a professional sports team while spending as little as possible in fielding that team. The Orioles could spend with the big market clubs if they chose to do so, but history has seemingly taught Angelos that spending big still doesn’t guarantee success on the field, spending small however and owning your own TV network guarantees profits no matter how pathetic your on field product may be.


The trump card that Irsay had (and ultimately wielded) that Angelos never will was the willingness of another city to provide better facilities and the promise to sell them out. While the NFL had (and still has) markets clamoring for and capable of supporting their product, baseball has no such luxury. If baseball did, there never would have been a need to move the Expos to Washington or create MASN in the first place.


If there were a better deal out there, you could bet that Angelos and the O’s would explore it…provided of course that it didn’t compromise the Orioles’ stake in MASN.


It’s too bad the fans don’t have recourse.


It’s too bad we can’t simply evict the O’s.


Before you decry me for sacrilege hear me out. (And realize I know it won’t happen)


The O’s have a lease with the city of Baltimore that runs through 2024. So maybe the city’s hands would be tied until then. Or maybe they could find a way out early, a way to evict the O’s for operating in bad faith, for defaming a local and national institution and for completely misusing the grandest of attractions in baseball…Oriole Park at Camden Yards.


If the city simply had enough of Angelos and closed the doors to OPACY, where would the Orioles go? What city is ready to provide anywhere near the facilities and support for the Orioles and Angelos than Baltimore has? Who would welcome this cheapskate joker with a bad team in a stacked division with anywhere near the reception that Baltimore has given him and them before and are dying to truly care about again?


Precedents now seem to exist that would allow Baltimore to retain the name and legacy of the Orioles leaving Angelos to rename his team in addition to relocating it. Even if that weren’t possible, the Ravens have proven that it’s possible to splice together a city’s sports legacy with class and pride and dignity.


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