The Peter Principles (Ch. 11) – Letting The Moose Loose in pinstripes

August 11, 2017 | Nestor Aparicio

talent he’d received in compensation over the previous week. In the end, only Mora became a productive big league player and All Star.

Mussina, who along with Ripken and Anderson, seemed to be the men left standing on a roster full of young prospects, was incensed and dumbfounded as to the direction of the franchise. On the record, Mussina said he was “disappointed.”

“There’s a big question mark on what I want to do now,” said Mussina, after a tearful, impromptu Surhoff farewell press conference. “I don’t think it takes a genius to figure out they’ve put the club in a position where they aren’t looking to be competitive for a couple years. So where does that leave me?”

The next day, Mussina pitched a one-hitter in 10-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins, giving up only a two-out single to Ron Coomer in seventh inning. It was vintage Moose. He was now pitching for money on a team full of washed up legends and minor-league stiffs.

By now, Angelos and the Orioles were under pressure to sign Mussina from the fan base, especially in light of the July fire sale (and the money it saved the last club over the next two months) and continuing random acts of stupidity by the owner of the franchise. The offer was sweetened by Angelos to six years and $72 million – with $2 million per year deferred – and Mussina immediately turned the deal down once again. Later in August, Angelos called Tellum and then the media to inform them that he was rescinding the six-year, $72 million deal, believing that it somehow would make Mussina shutter.

For Mussina, it was simply his turn to be demeaned and insulted by Angelos – same as Davey Johnson or Cal Ripken or any other uniformed worker who