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 received actually bizarre on a beat reporter asking a query about … the Orioles.
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Stroll into any bar in Baltimore and randomly shout the title “Angelos.” Likelihood is somebody inside earshot can have some type of visceral ideas on the household that personal a majority of the Orioles. Identical as Steinbrenner in The Bronx or Buss in Los Angeles. The Angelos household patriarch, Peter, is 93. Staff CEO, son John Angelos, can also be 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 control of the Orioles final June.

What does Angelos suppose a press convention is?

For the primary time because the lawsuit was filed, John Angelos was made obtainable to reporters on Monday, which was additionally Martin Luther King Jr. Day. His uncommon public look got here alongside Baltimore’s mayor, Brandon Scott, because the crew 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 finish of this yr, there are loads of questions for the household to reply 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 just like the again of their fingers in the event that they learn protection of their beloved crew.

At a press convention the place John Angelos chosen the time and date, he’d be an fool to not know questions on the crew had been coming. Displaying your face at an occasion designed to tout one thing in entrance of reporters and tv cameras is rarely pure public relations within the skilled sports activities world. In spite of everything, the Angelos household’s tenure atop the Orioles will rejoice its thirtieth anniversary this yr. So, undecided when the subsequent probability will come, if one does, to ask John about his state of affairs, Connolly posited a prolonged, however honest, query on the Angelos household and the Orioles’ long-term future in Baltimore. Connolly additionally directed a query at Scott on how he felt about establishing charitable occasions just like the Orioles’ donation with a sale of the crew forthcoming.

What occurred subsequent was a pure deflection from Angelos, as if his preparation to reply questions from the media had all failed. He invoked MLK and mentioned the questions had been inappropriate at a press convention he referred to as. Reporters by no means select the dates or instances of media availability. Beat writers are on the will of the groups they cowl. Once they make gamers, coaches, and crew leaders obtainable is wholeheartedly as much as the representatives of the college or franchise. Connolly didn’t curse, make any private assault, and even take a stern tone with Angelos. He acknowledged information and requested a collection of questions diehard baseball followers would like to know the reply to. Connolly serves his readership and being their eyes, ears, and megaphone is a part 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 crew would get to ask Angelos questions on the conclusion of the occasion. This wasn’t a paparazzi state of affairs or an off-the-cuff or unsuitable setting to carry these in energy accountable. Chairs had been arrange for the media in entrance of the place Angelos and Scott spoke. If Angelos went rouge and determined to attempt to make an instance out of Connolly for asking him an in depth query at his first media look not connected to bringing a music legend to Camden Yards in additional than 4 years, it was much less profitable than Walter Mondale’s 1984 Presidential campaign. 

I’m not going to share giant elements of Angelos’ response. The total video is included above to your viewing pleasure. And to be trustworthy, the four-minute phrase vomit sounds extra disconnected from actuality every time. Calling somebody “out of contact” within the context Angelos used it was past comprehension. Touting the farm system and the crew’s 2022 turnaround, with out a fact-checker, doesn’t distract from how he went out of his option to namedrop MLK and mentioned Connolly’s questions had been unfit for that day. Despite the fact that Angelos knew he’d must reply questions on a federal vacation.

It’s simply one other day of an individual in energy making an attempt to keep away from accountability for his or her actions or believing they’re above the overall circulation of life. Discuss out-of-touch habits. And Scott by no means received a phrase in. The very best half about Angelos’ response about being “very clear” was providing to point out reporters the Orioles’ funds and governance choices. That may be fairly 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 may be removed from his candid projection. It’d be extra of the identical from the Orioles, who’ve received two playoff collection since 1998.