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01-07-2009 09:54 AM #91
I was up in my room last night, and my roommate yelled up to me from the living room that I'd be flipping the #%@^ out if I was down there watching sportscenter.
I didn't even think about going down there.
01-07-2009 09:57 AM #92
It's interesting how it's leaked to the press that he never wanted to come here, after he signs with the Yankees. Until then, all we heard from a tight-lipped MacPhail was we're still in it unless someone tells us otherwise.
Tex, like every Boras client, was chasing the money. We didn't step up to the table like a few others did. Instead, we counted on him taking a home team discount hoping he'd get misty every time "Orioles Magic" was played. MacPhail said that he "diverted from the plan" to pursue Teixeira, which tells me it was a move he wasn't 100% comfortable making. It's very possible that the allure of following Don Mattingly's footsteps was more appealing than Baltimore. But we sure as hell didn't seem to go out of our way to appeal to him relative to his other suitors. You know what they say about first impressions...
01-07-2009 10:02 AM #93
There was PLENTY of Yankee hatred going back to 1977 when free agency began and they began gobbling up players. From 76 to 81 they won the division 5 of 6 years, dominated the headlines, went to 4 World Series, had an obnoxious owner, obnoxious fans, and were public enemy #1 in Baltimore.
01-07-2009 10:02 AM #94
01-07-2009 10:08 AM #95
No, hatred of the Yankees by Oriole fans did not just spring up in 1996. We hated them in the '60s (they were the team we wanted to become by the mid-60s) , the '70s (the birth of FA, REGGIE!, the Bronx Zoo), the '80s (they still spent a boat of money, it just didn't work). And we certainly hated the bandwagoners who lived here and always reminded us that being a Yankee fan was somehow "better".
Jeff Maier didn't invent our hatred of the Yankees.
BTW, I remember Mussina's press conference ticking me off the same way. It's one thing to be happy to be where you chose to be, it's another to diss those who wanted you to be somewhere else.
Praise for NY without mentioning Baltimore would have been fine by me.
01-07-2009 10:16 AM #96
He had no intention of creating a legacy. He just wants to play baseball and cash some big checks. Nothing wrong with that of course, but when you have an opportunity to create a legacy and turn it down, it tells me a lot about that person. This was my main gripe with Mussina. He had the opportunity to go down in history as possibly the best Orioles pitcher ever, but choose a few more bucks rather than a chance at creating a legacy.
These guys are who they are, and that's something we all have to just accept.
01-07-2009 10:16 AM #97
01-07-2009 10:17 AM #98
"At the same time, I'm not going to lie to you guys. Contract was important. I wasn't going to take half as much money to play in New York. But when a team like New York steps up and is very competitive with their contract, it was an easy decision for me."I have so much respect for [the Red Sox], but when their offer wasn't with the Yankees' and it just didn't seem like they were going to continue to better their offer, and the Yankees came in and did what they did, it was an easy decision."
01-07-2009 10:19 AM #99
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01-07-2009 10:24 AM #101
BTW, the Yankees were just coming off a dominate run in the late 80's and early 80s so yes, it was easy to be a front runner while being a Yankees fan. By the late 80s, neither the Orioles or the Yankees were very good besides the Why not season for the O's.
01-07-2009 10:24 AM #102Bowie
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If you're interested, here's my thoughts on the matter.
It's tongue-in-cheek and it's supposed to be a light way of saying we (the O's fans who were rooting for Tex to come home) are moving on.
01-07-2009 10:24 AM #103
Ok my wife lived next to Tex when she was growing up and he was always an O's fan as far as she can remember. He lived in college station and then moved to Maryland area because his Dad worked with my wifes Dad as Northrup Grumman. So he is full of crap, and should be booed out of the stadium both here and Boston. Sorry but I had to say something. Later...
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01-07-2009 10:27 AM #104
01-07-2009 10:27 AM #105
People are going to have to face it that we get emotional too. I've spent a good part of the last 20 years living all over the place while in the Army, but in the end, I'm a Baltimore-area guy. I love my local teams and will always be fans or our teams through and through.