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Time to really give O's fans 'a contract'?

Time to really give O's fans 'a contract'?

When fans made a great catch of a foul ball at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium back in the good old days, Rex Barney, legendary announcer, proclaimed over the public address system, “Give that fan a contract!”

In light of the Orioles’ painful state of affairs, maybe that's not just a corny idea.

Though younger fans may not know it, the Orioles used to be a team worth watching. Several generations ago, there was an Oriole Way. It prized pitching, defense and timely hitting. Everyone in the Orioles organization was on the same page. Minor league players were schooled in spring training to re-learn the right ways to play baseball. Enlightened ownership hired good people and stayed...