I fully expect King Peter to make Flanagan cut Chris Gomez or not resign him now.Quote:
“I can understand that. I’d be frustrated, too, if I was a fan,” Orioles infielder Chris Gomez said before the game.
“We're definitely trying in [this clubhouse], but I can definitely understand their frustration,” Gomez said. “It's a proud organization, and they expect better. And we as players expect better.”
Drew, I 100% commend you, Terry, Bob, Nestor, Rob Long, and the rest for doing what you did. The best thing this rally did was show Angelos for who he really is. Has no intention of spending the money, doesn't care what the fans think as long as they watch MASN, and as usual anyone who disagrees with him is an idiot.
You know, just like the last 8 managers and few GM's that have been through the Orioles system or Jon Miller.
He's been talking about investing cash for how many years now? It's become standard company line.
Even he couldn't be that stupid.Quote:
He also said he may call them the Maryland Orioles.
Edit: The Rally was also reported on Baseball Tonight. You can't talk about the game without talking about the rally.
"These people are tired of their owner Peter Angelos. They think he's torn this franchise down, and it's a really sad day in Baltimore when something like that happens".
From today's Sun...
Many fans asked that Angelos restore the city's name to the club's road jerseys.
"That's not a request that's improper or unjustified," Angelos said. "Now there is a National League team in Washington, so obviously the distinction [between the cities] should be made."
Here is a link to an entire interview with him where the road jersey question was raised. He says the request is not unreasonable, but never says he is thinking about actually doing it. In fact, when asked if it was a possibility to put Baltimore on the road jerseys, he flat out says "no". Also highlighted is the line where he talks about designating the Orioles as "Maryland's baseball team". It's obvious the guy is a lawyer - lots of double speak and talking without actually saying anything.
You have mentioned quite a bit about the issue of local ownership, and how you brought local ownership back to the Orioles. How do you square that with the fact that the Orioles still don't have Baltimore on the road uniforms?
I am not unwilling to do that. [Putting "Orioles" on the road uniforms] was done a long time ago. It was Jerry Hoffberger who did that. In fact, Edward Bennett Williams didn't do that, who was a Washingtonian. It was Jerry who did that and the reason he did that was to extend the brand out there beyond the city or its immediate environs in order to expand the fan base. And try as he did -- and he put the best teams you ever saw in your life on the field -- he couldn't break a million. Those were the Colt years. And the Ravens have gotten a lot of attention, justifiably. And so, you have that competition now.
Getting back to your question, I don't have any problem with that. I think the focus on that is disturbing. Because, to me, the Oriole team is Baltimore and it's Maryland. Could we say it? Sure, we could say that and maybe we'll do that. But sometimes it's advocated by the same people who are constantly condemning the club and practically telling people: "Don't go watch the games." So it gets to be a personal aspect.
Okay, it is a personal thing, I wonder if this isn't one of those things that you're not doing because people are saying, "Why doesn't he do this?" And that it gets mixed up with the people who are condemning you for everything?
Not really. Well, it could be a component of that in the whole discussion. Let's just say that's not a request that is unreasonable. I have no problem with it.
So, we can say it's a possibility of putting Baltimore on the road uniforms?
No. I just said it's not unreasonable. I said that when Jerry Hoffberger did it way back and EBW maintained it and Eli Jacobs didn't bother with it.
I will tell you that I have the rights to sell the name of the ballpark and I have never done that. I don't want to call it XYZ Bank Ballpark. I am not knocking the football stadium, I am just telling you that Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which was Jacobs' idea, and I think he was right and I still think he was right, is a name known across the country.
The Baltimore issue, you say it's not an unreasonable request. What would it take to suddenly say, "This year we're going to try that?"
It wouldn't take anything in particular. It would be a decision really to revamp the uniform to some extent. And we would have to address that, and that may very well be done. I don't really have a problem with that. I might also want to designate the team as Maryland's baseball team. I have had complaints from Marylanders living outside the Baltimore Metro area, complaining we always talk about Baltimore…so maybe a combination might work.
That interview is older than yesterdays. I read that 3 days ago. The latest talk I heard was Baltimore Orioles, Maryland's team. I'm fine with that as long as he starts to acknowledge it. The point is, yesterday mattered.