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We were lucky.

We were lucky. I was able to see him pitch during 1982 until he retired. It was sad to see him get traded for Jose Mesa and Oswaldo Peraza in 1987. He was my favorite pitcher during that era. RIP, Mike.

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I'm wearing my Orioles stuff to the Ravens game tonite.

I bet the Ravens have a moment of silence for him. The Ravens are all class. That said, Angelos' statement was genuine and heartfelt as well. Say what you want about Peter, but Flanny truly seemed to be a close friend to him and I'm sure he is very saddened by this.

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"I could never play in New York," Flanagan replied. "The first time I came into a game there, I got into the bullpen car and they told me to lock the doors."

Pretty funny.

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I bet the Ravens have a moment of silence for him. The Ravens are all class. That said, Angelos' statement was genuine and heartfelt as well. Say what you want about Peter, but Flanny truly seemed to be a close friend to him and I'm sure he is very saddened by this.

Peter is a lot of things, but an awful human being he is not. His philanthropy is well documented.

Put a black patch on the O's jersey for the rest of this season and all of 2012 and retire his number. I would commend Angelos for those actions.

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Peter is a lot of things, but an awful human being he is not. His philanthropy is well documented.

Put a black patch on the O's jersey for the rest of this season and all of 2012 and retire his number. I would commend Angelos for those actions.

I am as big a Angelos critic as anyone (from a baseball management perspective) but there is no doubt in my mind that this loss has and will affect him deeply. Angelos is loyal (to a fault sometimes) and I have always felt that Flanagan was special to him. There is also no doubt that Angelos will honor him well.

This whole thing is just terrible. I hate that it appears Flanny clearly didn't understand how much we thought of him. Just doesn't make any sense.

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I hope we get to hear from guys like Boddicker, Jim Beattie and many other former teammates.

Remember, Joe Jordan was brought in by Flanny, so I have to think this is very difficult for him as well.

Singy and McGregor were on the radio this morning driving in. I was crying the whole way into work. Singy was really broken up. Watching Palmer and Dempsey last night was just heartbreaking! McGregor was talking about how when they played, they all bought townhomes in Cockeysville and they weren't just teammates, they were friends, neighbors. They stayed here all year and were members of the Community. Hell, Singy still lives here. He said he passes Flanny's house on his way home. Scotty said when they get together now, their kids tell stories of all the crazy stuff that happened growing up. Imagine that...not only is your father a Major Leaguer, but all of the other fathers on the block are his teammates! That's just awesome.

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I don't want to derail what has become a beautiful tribute thread, and I don't want to read too much into his likely very complicated mental state, but I really can't wait for the day that this organization has a direction that brings us together, rather than tears us apart. Flanny saddens me tremendously, but so does our relationship with Brooks, our lack of vocal support for kids like Hobgood and even Rowell, and watching guys like Mussina leave.

We need to be a family again; in it together; dedicated and driven to overcome the AL East.

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I don't want to derail what has become a beautiful tribute thread, and I don't want to read too much into his likely very complicated mental state, but I really can't wait for the day that this organization has a direction that brings us together, rather than tears us apart. Flanny saddens me tremendously, but so does our relationship with Brooks, our lack of vocal support for kids like Hobgood and even Rowell, and watching guys like Mussina leave.

We need to be a family again; in it together; dedicated and driven to overcome the AL East.

If anything today proves we are a a family.

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Still broken up about this. Like Scott said earlier, you could identify with him. Never seemed arrogant or greedy for the spotlight. Simply bled orange and black and tried to lighten the mood along the way.

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To me Palmer said it best. "Flanny was one of us."

I feel there is a lot more that has not been said. Flanny was not a hermit. He was among people that care about him every day. There is something more here.

I don't believe that his perception of what the community thought of him drove him to do this. If he expressed that kind of thought once it would have been dispelled by so many people close to him. One man can only control so much.

Whatever happened, there is a lot more to it.

We love you Flanny. You have been part of us for a long, long time. We will miss you. RIP Mike.

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To me Palmer said it best. "Flanny was one of us."

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We love you Flanny. You have been part of us for a long, long time. We will miss you. RIP Mike.

Remember when Flanny interviewed for the Boston GM position? I knew he was from New Hampshire and obviously he didn't spend his entire career with us, but it just seemed...wrong. Not on his part of course; you can't blame a guy looking for an opportunity for taking an interview. But the idea of it seemed absurd, like the rumors a few years ago about Cal working for the Nationals.

Flanny was that much of an Oriole.

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To me Palmer said it best. "Flanny was one of us."

I feel there is a lot more that has not been said. Flanny was not a hermit. He was among people that care about him every day. There is something more here.

I don't believe that his perception of what the community thought of him drove him to do this. If he expressed that kind of thought once it would have been dispelled by so many people close to him. One man can only control so much.

Whatever happened, there is a lot more to it.

We love you Flanny. You have been part of us for a long, long time. We will miss you. RIP Mike.

Seconded.

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