If my Thursday edition of Drew’s Morning Dish here at WNST.net was a post-touchdown-celebration, this is what you’d be hearing from the referee.
“There are two penalties on the play, both occurring after the touchdown. There’s a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration AND a 15-yard penalty for taunting.”
Did I call that one, or what?
As you can read RIGHT HERE, I opined on Thursday that the Orioles would reach out to Peter Schmuck of The Sun by nightfall to chastise him for his Wednesday column in which he wrote, essentially, that the Jim Johnson trade on Monday night “had the fingerprints of ownership all over it.”
Reach out they did. They had the owner AND the general manager get a hold of Schmuck to “straighten him out”. In fact, they straightened him out TWICE on Thursday. His Thursday piece at The Sun was edited twice yesterday (and the headline changed, too) when Peter Angelos and Dan Duquette both contacted him to make sure he got their story right.
I’m a Peter Schmuck fan, by the way. I think he’s very well sourced in town. Actually, I know he’s very well sourced. And, I think Peter knows sports and knows the way things work in this city when it comes to matters of the Orioles.
I also know – with all due respect to Brett Hollander who is doing a fine job as the host at WBAL – that Schmuck would be hosting a lot of WBAL’s nightly local sports coverage if the Orioles approved it a few years ago when the opening first existed.
Yesterday, though, was so “Orioles-ish” it’s remarkable.
I’ve certainly experienced it ten-fold over the years. Greg Bader once told me in the Camden Yards press box “only one person listens to you”, but whenever they wanted my access restricted (twice, now, in the last six years) they simply took my media credential away and said, “You can’t come in and cover the team…”
Schmuck got different treatment yesterday. Once he posted his piece on the The Sun website, the Orioles THEN reacted to it.
They’re as easy to read as a copy of Playboy in the men’s bathroom at your local athletic club.
You try to reach out to the Orioles to get some sort of comment from them on any matter and they don’t return your calls or your emails because…well, because they just don’t feel like wasting their time with you.
Until you write or say something they don’t like.
Then, suddenly, their phone or email works.
It’s reprehensible, really, that a “professional” organization operates in such a fashion, but the Orioles have showed over the years an amazing ability to do things completely on the other side of Planet Professional.
This, by the way, is just beginning.
What I mean by “this” is an uprising of sorts from a fan base that is starting to put pressure on the baseball team to step up to the next level and operate their franchise at a level commensurate with the revenue they’re generating from the community.
It’s not that different than what’s going on in the country these days with regard to President and the government in general. Folks have grown tired of this charade that’s been going for five years and are starting to demand real answers and real accountability.
We, here, at WNST have been demanding answers and accountability from the baseball franchise for about seven years now.
Throughout that time, we were the subject of scorn from “real” baseball fans in town — those at Orioles Hangout, season ticket holders and die-hards alike — who criticized us for our supposed “agenda”.
Now, the worm has turned.
Orioles Hangout looks like it’s been set on fire with a huge number of their sheep having discovered what WNST knew and communicated all along. There’s outrage over there as they now – in 2014, almost – are starting to hold the owner’s feet to the fire for the on-field product.
Peter Schmuck held the Orioles accountable this week and look what it got him.
Phone calls, revisions and, in general, an orange finger wagged in his face that said, “Don’t you be writing those things…”
I love it, personally.
If the Orioles were more honest from jump street – with the media, the fans and themselves – this sort of stuff wouldn’t happen.
But, they’re not.
And, so it now begins.
The Orioles vs. everyone else.
Only this time, there’s a lot more of “everyone else” than there has been in the past.
Weird how that works, huh?