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03-25-2012 11:08 AM #166Plus Member since 11/03 All-Star
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I applaud what Duquett is doing with regard to player development, scouting, training and the international player market.
I think you're making a mistake with regard to your concessionaire. The lack of a queuing system is going to create major problems on the concourse. You will not only have a problem with lines, there is going to be a problem with traffic flow. You should consider taking action before opening day.
03-25-2012 12:18 PM #167
03-25-2012 12:21 PM #168
The response to the vendor issues is completely and totally inadequate. I realize Delaware North is in charge of operations but you simply must force them to improve their service this year. It doesn't matter how good the food is supposed to be if you wait in line for three innings to get it and it comes out cold.
Having a liberal policy allowing outside food and drink is great, and you should keep that policy. But if you want fewer fans to take advantage of that policy and you want to make more money, tell Delaware North to get its act together this year.
03-25-2012 06:12 PM #169
03-25-2012 07:09 PM #170
I'm emotionally attached to a moribund franchise with no competitive short-term or long-term future. This particular franchise only seems to reply to legitimate concerns from its fanbase with spin-filled boilerplate. This particular franchise seems more concerned with the bottom line than winning or appeasing its fanbase. Please, tell me specifically why should I support this particular franchise in the future? What is in it for me?
03-26-2012 05:42 AM #171
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03-26-2012 10:57 AM #173
I must be in the minority, but I still appreciate this thread and the answers.
I'm not sure what you all expect re: concessions. Seemed fine.
I'm not sure what you all expect re: ticket prices. In the first place, they're clearly a business that wants to maximize incoming revenue in any way they can. You can't say that in your public responses. Also, like it or not but the revenue guy's job doesn't stop just because the baseball people can't field a competitive team. It seems to me that many of you are mad because the team stinks. So am I, and I can't stand Angelos, but (almost) no ticket pricing scheme outside of more freebe's for those of us who do still attend will be appreciated by a fan base for a moribound franchise. This is an argument the O's cannot win until they field a winning product. I'd definitely offer something like a kids come free night, or something along those lines. That might not make a ton of short-term business sense, but it would help build your fanbase of the future.
For everything draft and development, I appreciate the answer even though it's not a complete discussion. What it allows is good feedback, such as a differentiation between first round spend and the rest of the draft spend, or international spend versus other teams.
More than anything else, this thread continues to give us a chance to let them hear our feedback. If it's all vitriolic, this will discontinue.
I do have one piece of advice for the O's. With the internet, more and more people have access to the types of information and feedback seen on these boards. More fans can differentiate draft spend. More fans are looking for actual news about what you're doing to improve scouting and player development, rather than just TPs from DD saying it's a priority. We can't just be placated anymore. We want to see real hard-news stories saying the O's are investing in the draft, or in more scouts, or in international players. It's true that winning is the most important thing the O's can do to get the fanbase back, but to get this board back I think it takes something a little less, though much more nuanced. We need to see that the O's get it and aren't being run like a poor-man's LA Clippers. We know the money is available to do much more, and in the absence of that committment, we feel like we're being slapped in the face.
03-26-2012 10:58 AM #174
How has the Orioles Organization allowed this to happen?
You know exactly what I mean by "this."
I would like the O's to detail their view point of how they fell from 1997 (sold out games, talent, wins) to this (embarrassing attendance, stadium invasions, and 14 straight years of losing). That, to me, would be more telling than anything... A public analysis of what went wrong (right to the very core of the organization)... And why it is changing.
There is a new team in this metro area that has sent these signals. They've been open about their plans and goals... And they have sent a very strong message to the MLB that they want to be a player in the game.
This has become the core issue. The Orioles are hemmoraging adult fans at an alarming rate and have been losing the interest of local young fans (the very people that will be your future base) for a decade.
What say you Orioles? How can you stand silent while this is happening!??? HOW?
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03-26-2012 12:36 PM #177Plus Member since 03/12 Major League Starter
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I was going to buy 2 partial season ticket plans online and I saw a 30 dollar online charge. Why do I have to pay an extra charge for buying tickets online. That would seem to save you money.
03-26-2012 12:43 PM #178
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03-26-2012 12:49 PM #180
If you're willing to buy a ticket plan, call the O's directly. The one thing they are very good at is helping out people who buy season tickets. They will bend over backwards for you.