The New York Yankees have almost always been the measuring stick for the Baltimore Orioles. And pardon O's fans if they've always felt the game was a little bit rigged, whether by baseball economics or by the dark magic of an adolescent fan.
It has been nearly five years since he set foot in Camden Yards. But if the Orioles advance to host American League Division Series games this weekend, Jay Gibbons will be there, clad in orange and black, whooping it up in the cheap seats with a mob of playoff-starved fans.
Although Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette have received most of the credit for the Orioles' surprising 2012 season, several of Andy MacPhail's moves built the foundation for this current club.
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson went out of his way to thank Peter Angelos and his family for the effort and expense involved in honoring all six of the Orioles greats who are immortalized in bronze on the center field plaza, but that doesn¿t necessarily mean that we¿ll be seeing him around the ballpark a lot more next year.
Orioles vice president for planning and development Janet Marie Smith, whose conceptual fingerprints are all over Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the newly renovated Ed Smith spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla, has accepted a similar position with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The gulf could hardly be wider in this months-long dispute between the Orioles and Washington Nationals over media rights fees — and the teams can't agree on a formula for resolving their disagreements.
On the threshold of becoming the highest-paid player in the history of the Orioles, center fielder Adam Jones stood at his locker Friday and said he isn't thinking about a contract extension until it becomes official.
Fifteen years after their split, Peter Angelos and Davey Johnson might have a chance to patch things up. The Orioles owner says, "enough time has passed," while his former manager says he has "buried the hatchet."
The Maryland Court of Appeals dismissed Friday a lawsuit by Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos that challenged the city's plans for the long-delayed Superblock project, a decision that officials said would allow it to move forward with the redevelopment.
This weekend, while the Orioles were in Anaheim, Calif., playing the Los Angeles Angels, executive vice president Dan Duquette met with Jones' agent, Nez Balelo, who is based primarily out of Los Angeles.
Camden Yards, the stadium that changed baseball and Baltimore, turns 20 this year. The innovative ballpark changed the way stadiums were designed and played a key role in keeping the Orioles in Baltimore.
Changing the judicial procedure by which the State Center case will be heard is unusual but not unprecedented; the legislature's action does not tip the scales to one side or the other in the court case.
Think about it. After losing to the Indians in the ALCS in 1997, Davey Johnson resigned as Orioles manager in early November. A little over a month later, "Titanic" debuted in theaters on its way to becoming the all-time highest-grossing film, a role it held until "Avatar" passed it in 2009-2010.