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Plane pain for Orioles

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff February 19, 2009 09:29 AM

Dear Baltimore,

You are now free to give up.

Sure, it will be nice to own Camden Yards on those days when the likes of Kansas City come to town. But if you thought it was bad when the Red Sox fans infiltrated your backyard like a pack of insufferable, hardball Deadheads, you haven’t seen anything yet.

With Southwest Airlines’ announcement that it will offer service in Boston by this fall, it’s going to mean a whole new level of obnoxious dates on the Orioles home calendar. The thousands of Red Sox fans who make the treks to Baltimore – via Providence R.I. or Manchester, N.H. - now have one more major, inexpensive option to get them to Charm City. Good for Inner Harbor business. Bad for die-hard Orioles fans. If there are indeed any more Orioles fans to begin with.

At this point, the Orioles organization may just start selling Boston programs and souvenirs at the gate if they aim to cater to the crowd. There aren’t going to be any Orioles fans there for sure.

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Southwest might as well incorporate this fact into its forthcoming ad blitz. Imagine a single Baltimore fan sitting in the stands, surrounded by boisterous Boston backers, shouting and taunting the lonely man in orange. “Wanna get away?” It writes itself, though I will accept any residuals.

Chief executive Gary Kelly told the Globe’s Nicole Wong that the airline is planning "a conservative launch" with “eight to 12 daily departures from Logan.” Southwest probably does not plan to unveil its new routes until the spring, but I think it’s safe to assume that Baltimore will be a frequent guest on the itinerary. Otherwise, we'd have to question why come here in the first place.

Not that the drive to Providence or Manchester was all that inconvenient to begin with, but now Boston residents sitting on the couch Friday night will be able to spontaneously decide they want to be at the game on Saturday. Hit the T, save on parking. Twenty-four hours later, you’re sitting in Fenway South, all for a little more than what you paid for seats at that old park down the road.

The good news in all this for Orioles fans? They’re going to make a killing on re-selling their tickets.

There's a lot of culture there too, you know.

35 comments so far...
  1. It's like a baby New York, umm I mean Philadelphia oh wahtever just get me a ticket to the game!

    Posted by Bob Griese February 19, 09 10:17 AM
  1. There are no die hard Orioles fans. There are some folks who come to a lot of games, they generally do it to entertain clients or because they have nothing else to do in their lives. Every game versus the Red Sox is packed with Sox fans, the stands turn red everywhere except the bleachers.

    M

    Posted by mike February 19, 09 10:30 AM
  1. I've already got my tickets!

    Posted by Ben in Hershey, PA February 19, 09 10:42 AM
  1. red sox fans are the biggest band wagon fans of anyone in the history of sports. I couldn't name a single red sox fan before they started winning 5 years ago. where were you losers in the 70's, early 80's and mid 90's when baltimore was stopping you at memorial stadium and the early years of camden yards. I agree that there are a lot of red sox fans now but don't act like everyone of them is coming from boston down to baltimore to take over the stadium. There are many sell outs here in Baltimore but there are also a lot of people that migrate to this great city from such crappy places like boston, new york and pittsburgh and bring their terrible beliefs with them. The O's have been losing for what feels like forever now, and a team like boston is just a trendy team to follow because they are from boston which makes them cool??? As hard as it may be to belief the O's are on their way back and will be winning again soon enough...and they won't have to pay half a billion dollars to do it!!! Boston is basically "new york light"...just keep following them down the hole till you consume yourselves and can't get back out! Greed, Arrogance and Ignorance.


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    Posted by Nell Carter February 19, 09 11:18 AM
  1. Everyone knows the best place to catch the Sox on the road is out here in OC. Angel fans are not quite as indifferent as Oriole fans, but their "little bro" inferiority complex is even worse. Also you get sunshine, perfect beaches, and Disney instead of bullets, needles, and crumbling warehouses. Give it a try this summer.....

    Posted by Kid Vegas February 19, 09 11:38 AM
  1. Um, Mike, I'm a die-hard Orioles fan - yes, we do still exist. And I've been to several of the Os/Sox games in years past. Recently though, it's gotten ridiculous having to deal with the awfulness of the Sox fans, which makes me not want to go. I'm not saying all Sox fans are awful (I'm actually good friends with a few), just the ones that come to our park and are ridiculously obnoxious, which is most of them. It didn't used to be like this - it's only since the Sox won in 2004 that the craziness took over. Hopefully this won't always be the case...a girl can dream.

    Posted by Lauren February 19, 09 11:43 AM
  1. Wow, at least you admit you guys are a-holes. But don't worry times are changing. Get your games in this year while you still can before our young guns bring the fans back. Suck it Boston you pompous, arrogant, SOBs.

    Posted by D February 19, 09 12:07 PM
  1. The clock is ticking - Sux are getting older - O's getting younger and better .... Enjoy this year .... It'll be your last.

    Posted by Matt in AZ February 19, 09 12:14 PM
  1. Kid Vegas, I'd rather stab my eyes out than visit the "OC"

    Posted by fitz February 19, 09 12:14 PM
  1. Don't get used to it Sux fans, there is a new regime in Charm City and we're ready to keep the band wagon fans out of OPACY for years to come.

    Posted by bms February 19, 09 12:16 PM
  1. Seems as though there are enough die hard O's fans to take over this post in a "Boston" newspaper. I can't wait for "Why Not? II" We'll be yelling "O" during the national anthem at Fenway soon enough.

    Posted by Rob February 19, 09 12:35 PM
  1. I got my tix for the Jul 31-Aug 2 trip. Max's Taphouse is reason enough to make the drive.

    Posted by Baboon February 19, 09 12:45 PM
  1. Agree, Baltimore is not a safe ballpark to be in.

    Posted by Andy February 19, 09 12:45 PM
  1. Rob, good luck getting tickets! Maybe you missed the thrust of the article. If so, allow me to reiterate: I can buy plane tickets to Baltimore, get a hotel room, and tickets to the O's/Sox game for less than the price of a StubHub'ed ticket to Fenway.

    That said, fans who are obnoxious are a pain everywhere - even when they root for your team. (It really doesn't matter who throws the beer - you're soaked either way!)

    And Matt in AZ: I look at the Sox, and I see a team getting younger, not older over the last several years. MVPedroia (25 years old), Youkilis (29), Beckett (28), Masterson (23), Papelbon (28), Lester (25), Ellsbury (25), Delcarmen (26), Buchholz (24), Lowrie (24), Matsuzaka (28), new additions Junichi Tazawa (22), Rocco Baldelli (27), and Ramon Ramirez (27) - any of these names ringing a bell with you??? Barring some General Managerial meltdown some offseason, I like our chances for years to come!

    Posted by Burke February 19, 09 01:12 PM
  1. i'd take a minority of dedicated, intelligent fans there to watch the game than a horde of drunk, ob-sawx-iuos blowhards any day.

    Posted by Baltimore A February 19, 09 01:14 PM
  1. 'Nell Carter' isn't TOO bitter, is she?? Hahaha, what a load of garbage she writes. Too funny.

    Posted by Mark February 19, 09 01:36 PM
  1. Havin g lived in MD for 12 years before returning to Boston, I think it's fair to say that O's fans are like Bruins fans post-1992. Since the '97 division championship, they have not had a single winning season. There have been countless questionable trades, free agent signings, free agent departures, front office moves, etc. Back in the O's glory years, you would still get lots of transplanted Bostonians at the game, but because Camden Yards (thank you, Larry Lucchino, for a great ballpark) was constantly sold out, the O's fans would drown them out. Not until Peter Angelos' reign of ineptitude was fully established did the Orioles stop selling out Camden Yards regularly. It's comparable to how Canadiens fans took over the Garden recently when Montreal was in town. When there is a commitment to putting a winning product on the field, then O's fans will return.

    Posted by EC February 19, 09 01:37 PM
  1. Screw flying. by the time you drive to the airport, park - wait in multiple lines fly to Baltimore then have to trek the 30-45 minutes from the airport to downtown Baltimore you could drive there faster. Us 4 guys drive every year, a 6 hour drive split 4 ways ends up costing about $80 per person RT....... no dealing with carry on bags airport delays die to thunderstorms ..... plus you have a car to sight see or go to Pimlico Race Track during the day.....

    Although we did fly once and the plane ride down was a blast, like one giant Red Sox frat party but drivibng is far better.

    Posted by Jason February 19, 09 01:41 PM
  1. I am a diehard Sox fan who lives in Baltimore. It's unfair to say that there are no big supporters of Orioles; there are many ardent Orioles fans down here. As a baseball fan and as a supporter of a team that certainly had some very bad years, you have to respect people who stand by a terrible team. Baltimore folks are good folks, and Camden Yards is the best ballpark in the country other than Fenway (which is a Cathedral and thus in its own category). If you really think Camden Yards is not safe, you've clearly never been there. Stop watching "The Wire" and actually come visit sometime.

    P.S. I'll take crumbling warehouses and an actual change of seasons over the fakeness and McMansions of the OCany day of the week

    Posted by Slippy February 19, 09 01:44 PM
  1. Thank you Slippy for the kind words. I spent many many summer months in Belmont and Cambridge visiting with my relatives and listened to them complain about how the Sox were cursed. Nothing lasts forever as evidenced by the decline of my beloved Baltimore Orioes. Andy Macphail has the Orioles on the road to recovery. See you Sox fans at the 'Yard" this summer. Please don't get obnoxious and drunk.

    Posted by ellpol February 19, 09 02:05 PM
  1. The last time I went to a Sox game at Camden Yards, there WAS a home crowd. Only problem for the Birds was that the home fans didn't really seem to think their team could win, even in one of Daisuke's patented "walk the bases loaded repeatedly" games.

    What got the home crowd fired up was when "let's go Red Sox" chants started up. When that happened, the home crowd made some attempt at making noise, and actually drowned us out in some cases (though it probably sounded like more Sox cheers on TV). It's like they were resigned to losing the game, but at least wanted to hold on to their park.

    Posted by Allen February 19, 09 02:11 PM
  1. Well bandwagon fans of Boston, live it up now, but I think the Orioles are on the mend and are going to turn a lot of heads this season. Enjoy it while it lasts, I think as a fan base, you are quickly approaching the level of the vile fans in Philadelphia, congrats! Go O's and go Yanks!

    Posted by Dev February 19, 09 03:45 PM
  1. Baltimore and Maryland in general is just the trash of the East Coast. I live in DC now and for years had made trips to Baltimore. The idiot who said that Sox fans showed up only after winning couldnt be more wrong. We were dominating that stadium in the early 2000s. Baltimore is full of ghetto losers surrounded by white trash. Ravens games are even worse.

    Posted by Mike February 19, 09 03:49 PM
  1. Awww. Trash talking O's fans. How cute!

    Posted by Kelly February 19, 09 05:02 PM
  1. This is why people hate Boston fans. Wilbur is a tool...

    Posted by sdw February 19, 09 06:08 PM
  1. The reason it seems there are more obnoxious drunk Red Sox fans at Camden Yards is because there are more Red Sox fans in general at Camden Yards for a Sox game. Oh and to Neil Carter - dude seriously get a clue. Accusing all Red Sox fans of being band wagon is asinine. You are truly an idiot calling Boston a crappy place last time I checked Baltimore had one of the highest murder rates in the country. Oh and I was supposed to move to that area but, it sucked so much I dumped the girl I was with just so I could stay in the City I love. So keep your trap shut and talk about something you know something about whatever that is because it certainly is not baseball. Get a life you loser...

    Posted by TmD February 19, 09 07:46 PM
  1. Methinks some little cutesy Md. newspaper linked to this story, explaining why all 20 O's fans decided to do a little trolling and anonymous trash-talking. I'm just surprised that there were this many Marylander's who are literate.

    Keep the home fires burning, O's fans! Hahahaha

    Posted by Peter February 19, 09 08:15 PM
  1. If you really want to see how to ruin a baseball team, just look at what Peter Angelos has done. O's fans, you can dream every year, but until you get pitching, you are going to remain in the basement. It couldn't happen to a beter owner.

    Posted by Bob February 19, 09 08:18 PM
  1. I live in the "OC" and am a diehard Sox fan and can tell you that Rally Monkey stadium is a crappy place to watch a game. For the most part, obnoxious "fans" who consider the game to be just another Southern CA entertainment venue, and the atmosphere is more like Disneyland than a ball park.

    Posted by Mike February 19, 09 09:57 PM
  1. I have not been to a game at the Yards yet, but we do plan one for this year - as we do a road trip every season. Baltimore ownership should feel fortunate we pump money into their pockets year after year. Another such place is Tampa - I have been going to every Sox game there for 5 years now, and the crowd has always been a high percentage of Sox fans. Funny thing was, during games 6 & 7 of the ALCS this past year, the crowd turned into a Rays crowd, and not fans, but a crowd. Talking about a bunch of band wagon jumpers, where were they at the beginning of the season, or at any other point in time for that matter - But they are smart about it down there - they raise the prices of food, tickets and everything else for the homestand during Sox and Yankees games.

    Posted by SoxFan February 20, 09 09:45 AM
  1. "Don't get used to it Sux fans, there is a new regime in Charm City and we're ready to keep the band wagon fans out of OPACY for years to come."

    No, no, no... you mean Crack City. What a pathetic group of people. The Rays got better quicker than you guys did, bwahahahaha. We pity you.

    Posted by Jeff February 20, 09 10:08 AM
  1. No, no, no... you mean Crack City. What a pathetic group of people. The Rays got better quicker than you guys did, bwahahahaha. We pity you.

    Posted by Jeff February 20, 09 10:08 AM

    Guy. Your team went 86 years without a ring. Do you really have room to talk trash? Honestly? You want to talk about pathetic...

    Posted by Chris February 20, 09 11:20 AM
  1. Wilbur - You're misquoting. It's: "ISS a lot of culture."

    Posted by Joj Beuhns February 20, 09 01:42 PM
  1. Gloat now, Massholes. The day the O's return to glory and the Blosox bandwagon implodes is coming sooner than you think, although when it happens you won't have to worry about Oriole fans invading that decrepit eyesore you call a stadium. And Baltimore itself will never be able to consistently churn out the classless clowns in their fanbase that Boston & NY can on a regular basis. You twin turds will always continue to surpass us in that dept. That's why we're called Charm City. All-around better quality of human.

    Posted by JoeG February 20, 09 06:13 PM
  1. HEY - THERE'S A LOT OF SOX FANS IN MARYLAND - AND NATIONWIDE. THAT'S "RED SOX NATION." MAKES ME SICK WHEN ESPN TALKING HEADS SAY "PACKER NATION" OR "REDSKINS NATION" - NEITHER ONE EXISTS. THERE'S ONLY ONE - THAT'S RED SOX NATION. THE ULTIMATE POOR SPORTSMANSHIP WAS WHEN MANNY HIT #500, THE CAMDEN PA SYSTEM FLASHED "AND NOW FOR YOU SOX FANS..." AND STARTED "SWEET CAROLINE" BUT STOPPED IT AFTER 10 SECONDS THEN FLASHED "NAH....." ON THE JUMBOTRON. IT'S ONLY BASEBALL!

    Posted by lewdwinsky February 21, 09 04:17 PM
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