Davey Johnson was the last Orioles manager to lead the team to the ALCS, and he managed four other clubs, including most recently the Washington Nationals. He seemed to pick Baltimore over his most recent stop in an MLB Network Radio interview this morning.
Johnson was asked about seeing baseball revived in Baltimore, and said it’s “wonderful” to see.
“I think the best fans in baseball are right around that Baltimore area,” Johnson said. “Now we’re getting baseball fans in Washington, which has mostly been a football town, but I love the people in that area. All my kids were born in the Baltimore area, so it’s fun to see the Orioles back on top. I would love to see a Nationals-Orioles World Series. I’d be sitting right in the middle.”
I don’t think Johnson is alone in that sentiment, though he might have to guard himself and sit more on the orange half of the ballpark after seemingly disparaging the red-rockers in the Navy Yard.
He’s also managed in Los Angeles, New York, and Cincinnati — all good baseball towns — but Baltimore can hang their hat on his praises for now.