Thursday, February 18, 2010
Baltimore Orioles - Getting Off on the Wrong Foot in Sarasota
Pitchers and catchers for the Baltimore Orioles were scheduled to begin spring training in Sarasota yesterday, February 17. The rest of the players were scheduled to report this morning and according to the official information put out by the Orioles, their first team workout was set to begin at 9:00 a.m. today, February 18.
I dutifully drove over to venerable old Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota at 10:00 this morning expecting to get to know something about the new home town baseball team. However on arrival at Ed Smith we were all told to come back at noon because the Orioles wouldn't take the field until then.
What? They never consulted with any of their potential fans about this unscheduled change of plans. The person at the front gate told us all that "they will take the field tomorrow at 9:00." Yeah, right. That's what they said for today's practice also.
I guess I'll go back over there in a bit to see if I can watch them for awhile. It still rankles me that they just cavalierly changed plans without consulting anyone.
However, I'll show them! I'll become a Philadelphia Phillies fan. That's what I'll do. At least their spring training stadium up in Clearwater has Landshark Lager on tap in the left-center field tiki bar. Yup, that's what I'll do.