Monday, April 14, 2008
That time of year again...
In what appears to have become an annual thing, there are rumors going around Orioles Hangout that the Orioles are considering putting Baltimore back on the road uniforms for 2009.
I don't know what there is to consider.
Baltimore should have been put back on the road uniforms years ago, and it should be added now, especially since the Nationals are in Washington, DC.
The deadline is May 1st to submit uniform changes to the MLB.
This has become one of those much-debated issues concerning the Orioles. Some people dismiss it as meaningless fodder, and then there are others, like me, that think it is a big issue, and a problem that the Orioles have repeatedly failed to fix.
There has always been a disconnect between the Orioles and the city of Baltimore ever since the Orioles moved to Camden Yards. And that disconnect only got bigger once the Ravens came to Baltimore and won over the hearts and minds of its people.
It's a small thing, but adding Baltimore to the road uniforms would be an olive branch from the Orioles to the city and its people. And there is no better time than now, as the Orioles are turning over a new page in their history books, and are rebuilding for the future the right way.
Not only would it surely increase merchandise sales, it would reconnect the team and the city. It's much harder to bad-mouth a team that wears the name of your city on its uniform.
But apparently, the only people who don't understand this are the Orioles, who appear more interested in milking the last penny from the regional territory outside of Baltimore than listening to the fans who live inside of the 695 loop.
The Orioles play home games in Baltimore, and will be doing so well into the future. So they might as well go ahead and put the city's name back on the uniform.
It's about time.