Busch League Sports MLB Executive Of The Year Award Goes To: John Angelos, Baltimore Orioles

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Updated: April 28, 2015
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Of all the business entities in Baltimore that stand to lose revenue from this weeks’ events, it seems the Orioles would be near the top.  Their schedule dictates they be home since Friday, April 24th and tensions have risen for the last several days; so it is reasonable to think Orioles ownership has felt the pain in their collective pocketbook.  In addition to “light” attendance since Friday, the ‘O’s’ will play tomorrow without any fans.  For a team that boasted roughly 2.5 Million fans last season, losing the ability to host their 30,000+ per game attendance base tomorrow will cost the team roughly $1,000,000 in ticket sales alone. Tack on Beers, team gear, etc. and these will be considered significant losses.

The images of a CVS Pharmacy burning to the ground as a fed up black community peacefully demonstrated (something media outlets chose not to cover) in the tens of thousands will likely be what folks remember from this latest backlash to systemic oppression, excessive use of police force and the murder of another young inner-city black man. If there is one thing that we should take away from Baltimore this week, it is a statement given by Baltimore Orioles Chief Operations Officer, John Angelos.

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John Angelos

Unlike 99% of his ‘1%’ brethren (John is Son to Orioles majority owner, Peter Angelos) John doesn’t weigh revenue over the well-being of a city.  Instead, he addresses some root causes that have built up to yet another urban explosion and he makes very clear where his family stands on a cancelled baseball game versus real, important issues that face our nation today.  Here is his statement in its entirety:

Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy, investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.

That said, my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.

The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importances of any kids’ game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the U.S., and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights, and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.

You’ve got our vote, John.