Can the city of Baltimore deliver a wake-up call to the Orioles?

February 20, 2012 | Drew Forrester

So what are we going to do about it?

Even more importantly, IS there something we can do about it?

That’s the ultimate question, of course.  It’s not whether or not we are going to try and do something about this team’s woeful state. The issue actually is: Even if we found something to try and do, would doing it any do any good?  (Read that again – I promise the 2nd and 3rd times you read it, it makes sense.)

I wish I had the answer.

I’ve obviously tried to put whatever sort of “media pressure” I can apply to get them to change their ways, but clearly it hasn’t worked. The team is still bad, the club’s front office continues to mistreat the community, and, with little or no public accountability at stake, none of their misgivings are ever punished by either the mainstream sports media or the remaining diehards.

So…what to do?

On a personal note, I did NOT renew my season tickets for 2012.  I just couldn’t do it having watched the construction of their roster for the upcoming season.  That, plus the bush-league treatment they’ve given WNST’ers like Luke Jones and Ryan Chell, made me take a pass this year.  It might have been small, but that was my personal statement.  I simply didn’t give them $2,400 this year.

That, however, isn’t enough to shake the Orioles out of their doldrums.

One dissatisfied season ticket account here and there wouldn’t ever move them to look more carefully at their business operation.

But what if the whole city did “something”?

No, I’m not talking about going to the game and walking out like we did in September of 2006 with “Free The Birds”.

What if, instead of going TO the game, the city decided NOT to go to a game?

Does that have any legs?

Please note…I’m not asking you to NOT buy tickets to the game in question.  And if you’re a season ticket holder, I’m NOT asking you to throw those tickets away and waste them.

What I’m asking is this:  Would no one showing up at a game have any impact at all on the club?  As a one-game, symbolic gesture, would 824 people in the ballpark on a Tuesday night in April or May be embarrassing enough for the club to potentially consider their various business practices?

I’m not dumb.  I realize *someone* is always going to go to the game.  But if — and this is definitely a big if — the folks who own the season tickets and anyone else who otherwise might have gone to a specific home game just stayed home that night, would it mean anything?  What if those people who owned tickets came downtown…buzzed around the outside of the stadium before the game, then headed to a local watering hole to enjoy a home game from someplace other than their stadium seats?

It’s completely symbolic.


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