We had someone call the show Tuesday morning about the Orioles lack of activity this off-season. He summed it up in one word: Pathetic.
So, we asked listeners to call in and text in with their one word description of the Orioles’ off-season. The word were varied, but not very positive. Disappointing, lame, cheap, miserly, insulting, Angelosian, deceptive, what?, lackluster, regrettable, embarrassing, etc.
You get the point. People are unhappy.
My question is: Do the Orioles get the point? These are your customers, and this is how they feel.
My word was “unacceptable.” This is unacceptable that a team that has had back to back winning seasons is on course to reduce its payroll and hasn’t replaced its All-star closer, one member of the rotation, and hasn’t upgraded at 2nd base or DH.
The Orioles will receive an additional $25 million above and beyond what they received last year for their share of the national TV deal. That is EXTRA money, and they aren’t spending it.
Sure, they might still sign a player or two when the prices drop closer to spring training, but I find it hard to believe that they will be the kinds of players that will make this team better. I keep telling people, yes, Peter Angelos “wants” to win, but it sure doesn’t seem like he is willing to do what it takes to win.