Town Hall takeoff...and the real thing

In my column for tomorrow's print edition -- which you can read here right now -- I was inspired by the news reports of Senator Ben Cardin's noisy town hall meeting to speculate on what it might be like if the Orioles held the same kind of event for their disenchanted fans.

Don't worry. There are no health care reform politics included from either side of the aisle. I just got to thinking how it might go if the Orioles had to answer to their fans in the same format...and at the same level of intensity.

The real deal: Turns out, however, that I didn't really have to wonder about it, because the Orioles -- coincidentally -- are holding a "State of the Orioles" event for full-season and Plan A ticket holders on Saturday before the game against the Los Angeles Angels. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. for an autograph session with Orioles players and then president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and manager Dave Trembley will take questions from 5:00-5:30 p.m.

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