Many Oriole fans were disappointed when Outfielder Nick Markakis signed this off-season with the Atlanta Braves after 9 years with the Orioles.

Drafted by the Reds in 2001 & 2002 Nick decided to return to school both years before signing with the Baltimore Orioles when they drafted him in the 1st round of the 2003 draft. Originally a pitching prospect with a 96 mile an hour fastball, the Orioles were interested in his bat & outfield abilities & he spent 2003, 2004 & 2005 in the O’s minor league system before cracking the Major League roster & becoming the opening day starter for the 2006 season.

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A fan & community favorite over his 9 years as the Orioles’ everyday right fielder he earned 2 Gold Gloves & the respect of Baltimore.

It was no surprise that he handled his move to Atlanta in a classy way.

On Wednesday Markakis ran a 2 page ad in the  Baltimore Sun to thank Baltimore, Orioles Fans, teammates, coaches & ownership.

“Nine years ago I came to Baltimore as a baseball player, and during that time I have become three things that I value the most: a husband, a father,and an Oriole. As we are starting a new chapter, Christina and I are incredibly thankful for the kindness that we have received from this community and we have every plan to continue our lives and charitable involvement here. It’s because of your support that we are able to embrace this opportunity with excitement.

But this isn’t Goodbye, it’s just a Thank You.

 

…And finally, I want to thank you, the fans. It’s because of this community that I have been able to grow into the player that I am. It’s because of your passion, dedication, and heart that make me proud to say that my career will always be rooted in the bricks of Eutaw Street. Having fans is a truly humbling experience.”

 

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The ad was signed by Nick, his wife Christina & their children Taylor, Tucker & Toby.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AD (courtesy of the Baltimore Sun)

 

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