Yesterday’s blog here at Drew’s Morning Dish created quite a stir around town, which is part of the expected response anytime someone at WNST opines on the Orioles.
For whatever weird reason, it’s almost like we’re not allowed to speak out against the Orioles if the circumstances warrant.
My position, re: the Orioles, is always based on what’s going on at the moment. Despite being harassed by their front office off and on over the last six years, I’ve never let that interfere with forming an opinion on a game or a community topic involving the Orioles.
Case in point was this year’s hot-button topic, the Ravens September 5th opening game that was moved to Denver because the Orioles and White Sox were playing in Baltimore that same night. I was perhaps the most outspoken media member in town in FAVOR of the Orioles on that topic. I stood up for them from the day the controversy was initiated last April.
Luke and I talk about every game on the D&L Window Morning Reaction. I’d say, conservatively, that during the spring and summer we spend 12 of 20 hours a week talking exclusively about the Orioles and/or Major League Baseball.
So, any notion at all that I’m “anti-Orioles” or “all you guys do is beat up the Orioles” is just wrong. Period.
Anyone who really listens to the show – whether or not you like me personally – knows that’s true.
Fast forward to the current saga regarding the Orioles revoking my media credential (and Luke’s).
I wrote what I wrote yesterday because at the root of it all, the only people in town who will defend WNST and its employees is…………..you guessed it, us.
No one else will defend our position when we’re wronged. And I don’t have a problem with that, honestly. I know the landscape — I’ll be more than happy to defend my position or that of the radio station if the situation calls for it.
Yesterday, though, was one of those days where ill-informed folks took their liberties because, again, “if WNST is beating up the Orioles, WNST absolutely MUST be in the wrong.”
We’re not wrong, here.
Luke Jones went to the ballpark this season and covered the games and team as well as anyone in this market. That young man put in 20-hour work days, slept at the radio station some nights and did nothing at all to deserve having his credential revoked.
I’m behind the mic for 20 hours a week. Nothing ever goes on the air in my time slot without me at least saying “I’m good with that…” And this year, not once, never, did I violate any of the Orioles’ rules and regulations. I didn’t deserve to have my credential revoked either.
So, what exactly should we do here when the Orioles pull a stunt like revoking two media credentials?
Just take it?
Not say anything at all?
A couple of college kids who think they know how the real world works lashed out at me yesterday after I wrote my piece at WNST.net. They tried to put the blame on ME for bringing to light the “real story” behind our credentials being revoked which is, simply, a lack of professionalism and accountability from the Orioles which includes the powers-that-be within the baseball team not properly communicating with me or WNST over the last six months (and beyond…).
Our detractors are virtually incapable of speaking the truth when it comes to matters between the Orioles and WNST.
Someone reached out to me yesterday to criticize me for making this credential story a big deal but acknowledged that the Orioles were wrong for revoking my credential. I asked him point blank, “Do you think the Orioles were wrong?” and he said, “Yes, absolutely.”
So, after ten minutes of having him beat ME up for writing the blog yesterday, I asked him, simply: ”So you’ve reached out to me today to tell me I’m wrong for writing what I wrote — tell me, “friend”, when’s the last time you reached out to the Orioles to tell them that they’re wrong for revoking my credential?”
And that’s because people, in general, are fearful of the baseball organization, in part because they’ve seen the kind of treatment we’re afforded here at WNST when things don’t go smoothly.
The truth is very simple here: The Orioles handled this all very poorly.
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