Orioles CEO John Angelos blows up at his personal press convention

Orioles CEO John Angelos got really weird on a beat reporter asking a question about ... the Orioles.

Orioles CEO John Angelos bought actually bizarre on a beat reporter asking a question about … the Orioles.
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stroll into any bar in Baltimore and randomly shout the title “Angelos.” probability is somebody inside earshot might have some variety of visceral ideas on the household that personal a majority of the Orioles. identical as Steinbrenner inside the Bronx or Buss in la. The Angelos household patriarch, Peter, is ninety three. workforce CEO, son John Angelos, usually is the president and chief working officer for the Mid-Atlantic sports activities community (MASN), which airs the O’s video games domestically. John Angelos’ brother, Louis, sued John and their mom, Georgia Angelos, for administration of the Orioles final June.

What does Angelos assume a press convention is?

For the important time as a outcome of the lawsuit was filed, John Angelos was made obtainable to reporters on Monday, which was additionally Martin Luther King Jr. Day. His unusual public look bought here alongside Baltimore’s mayor, Brandon Scott, as a outcome of the workforce pledged $5 million to the CollegeBound basis, a nonprofit that helps Baltimore’s youth attain faculty levels. And with the Orioles’ lease with the Maryland Stadium Authority expiring on the tip of this yr, there are an important deal of questions for the household to answer publicly. Enter The Athletic’s Dan Connolly, a fixture on the Orioles’ beat for round 20 years, and somebody the Angelos household ought to know simply like the again of their palms in the event that they be taught safety of their beloved workforce.

At a press convention the place John Angelos chosen the time and date, he’d be an fool to not know questions on the workforce had been coming. displaying your face at an event designed to tout one factor in entrance of reporters and tv cameras is hardly ever pure public relations inside the expert sports activities world. in any case, the Angelos household’s tenure atop the Orioles will rejoice its thirtieth anniversary this yr. So, uncertain when the subsequent probability will come, if one does, to ask John about his state of affairs, Connolly posited a prolonged, however truthful, question on the Angelos household and the Orioles’ prolonged-time period future in Baltimore. Connolly additionally directed a question at Scott on how he felt about organising charitable occasions simply like the Orioles’ donation with a sale of the workforce forthcoming.

What occurred subsequent was a pure deflection from Angelos, as if his preparation to answer questions from the media had all failed. He invoked MLK and said the questions had been inappropriate at a press convention he referred to as. Reporters by no means choose the dates or occasions of media availability. Beat writers are on the want of the teams they cowl. after they make gamers, coaches, and workforce leaders obtainable is wholeheartedly as a lot as a outcome of the representatives of the school or franchise. Connolly didn’t curse, make any private assault, and even take a stern tone with Angelos. He said information and requested a sequence of questions diehard baseball followers would favor to know the reply to. Connolly serves his readership and being their eyes, ears, and megaphone is an factor of his job.

The Orioles have been mired in dangerous baseball for many years

Connolly states an Orioles spokesperson confirmed media members who cowl the ceremony and the workforce would get to ask Angelos questions on the conclusion of the event. This wasn’t a paparazzi state of affairs or an informal or unsuitable setting to maintain these in vitality accountable. Chairs had been arrange for the media in entrance of the place Angelos and Scott spoke. If Angelos went rouge and decided to purpose to make an event out of Connolly for asking him an in depth question at his first media look not related to bringing a music legend to Camden Yards in extra than 4 years, it was much less worthwhile than Walter Mondale’s 1984 Presidential advertising campaign. 

I’m not going to share massive elements of Angelos’ response. the complete video is included above to your viewing pleasure. And to be reliable, the 4-minute phrase vomit sounds extra disconnected from actuality each time. Calling somebody “out of contact” inside the context Angelos used it was past comprehension. Touting the farm system and the workforce’s 2022 turnaround, with no actuality-checker, doesn’t distract from how he went out of his strategy to namedrop MLK and said Connolly’s questions had been unfit for that day. regardless that Angelos knew he’d should reply questions on a federal journey.

It’s simply one other day of a particular person in vitality making an try to maintain away from accountability for his or her actions or believing they’re above the general move of life. converse about out-of-contact conduct. And Scott by no means bought a phrase in. primarily the solely half about Angelos’ response about being “very clear” was offering to level reporters the Orioles’ funds and governance selections. that will be pretty the reversal from how the group has been run. Baltimore’s sports activities media would eat that up. I doubt Angelos stays true to that decree. And as anticipated, that will be faraway from his candid projection. It’d be extra of the identical from the Orioles, who’ve gained two playoff sequence since 1998.


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