Brian Roberts is Baltimore’s athlete who most deserves a championship but won’t win one…as a member of the team he played with for his entire career prior to signing with the Yankees in January of 2014. Roberts spent thirteen seasons in Baltimore, starting in 2001, and was a “starter” for seven straight seasons (playing in 140 or more games in 5 of those 7 campaigns), all of which saw the Orioles fail to make the post-season. The last four years of his Orioles career were injury riddled, and in the 2012 season, when Baltimore claimed their first post-season birth since 1997, the second baseman only appeared in 17 games and was not on the active roster for the playoffs vs. Texas and New York. No player who put in a full day’s work with the team during their darkest days (’04-09) was as popular as Roberts and his play on the field far exceeded the performance of the organization overall. He played in baseball’s version of prison throughout his career in Baltimore. From day one until last September when he finally played a game of significance, Roberts never played a game that mattered as the Orioles toiled in the bottom of the American League East year after year despite sometimes heroic season performances from Roberts himself.
Off the field, Roberts was a charity champion in Baltimore. The link RIGHT HERE will explain the outstanding work with the University of Maryland Children’s Center far better than I ever could. Roberts has teamed up with Helping Up Mission on several occasions and has enlisted the support of Ravens running back Ray Rice to help brighten the lives of seriously ill children in Baltimore and Maryland. No Orioles player came close to matching Brian’s work in the Baltimore community during his days in orange and black.
If Roberts winds up winning a ring in New York, it won’t have nearly the impact on him as winning one in Baltimore would have.
NOTES FROM DF ON THE LIST:
Carmelo Anthony’s NCAA title with Syracuse eliminated him from the list, since most people consider a NCAA basketball title to be as important as a title in the NBA…Olympic figure skater Kimmie Meissner – who never won a Gold Medal – was considered for the list but it was decided her 2006 victory in the World Figure Skating Championship was considered “a championship”…Nick Markakis – like Brian Roberts – is still an active professional baseball player who COULD win a title in Baltimore, so he was removed from consideration. Roberts, it would appear, will never win a title in Baltimore and thus was considered for the list while Markakis wasn’t.