NEW YORK – Minutes after the Orioles lost to the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the American League Division Series to end their wild and unexpected 2012 season, club managing partner Peter G. Angelos hugged center fielder Adam Jones and made a prognostication.
“In another year, I predict you are going to be ahead of [the Yankees],” Angelos told Jones.
Angelos, who rarely makes appearances, entered the clubhouse for the second time this series after making his first visit after the Orioles' Game 2 win at home on Monday.
At that time, he said he would speak to the Baltimore media in New York. He did that briefly Friday, and left a message for the mighty Yankees, who have advanced to the American League Championship Series.
“As far as the local team here is concerned, we just want to tell them we will be back next year,” Angelos said. “They better get ready for it.”
The 83-year-old Angelos, who has owned the club for 19 years and hasn't experienced a winning season or the playoffs since 1997, said he was exceptionally pleased with this season.
“Especially for the Orioles, which we all know is an institution in Maryland,” Angelos said. “And for a long period of time, as you gentlemen and ladies have stressed frequently, there was a long, long arid period. … I hope this will be the case, this year, that we mean business. And in the future you can depend on this kind of a performance and hopefully much better.”
He said he has not had conversations about extending manager Buck Showalter's contract, which expires after the 2013 season.
“If they're interested in staying, nobody's more interested in keeping him than I am,” Angelos said. “And certainly I speak for everyone in the organization. They had Buck as the manager, Dan Duquette as the GM, you certainly couldn't ask for a better, better combination.”
Shortly thereafter, with the media surrounding him, Angelos met with Jones and then was whisked away to a side dining room where he could talk to the players individually and privately.