“From a national perspective, Camden Yards is bathed in light and M&T Bank is wrapped in darkness. But viewed through the prism of a major metropolitan city fighting to survive, there is no light. There is no darkness. Two teams, a 10-minute walk apart, are closer than you think.” – NY Times, Oct. 3, 2014
The New York Times has published an article, last night online and in the print edition this morning, by William C. Rhoden on the positive reputation of the Orioles versus the negative one of the Ravens, how we reconcile the two and how the nation views the two teams. The story quotes Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Buck Showalter, local business owner Marc Sklar and others about Baltimore’s love for both teams, despite their troubles. Read the story, below. – The Eds.
From the New York Times – Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium are only about 500 yards apart. But for the last three months, the ethical and moral distance separating the teams — and the sports they play — could not be greater.
Indeed, the only common denominators between the teams are their success on the field and the fans who wildly cheer them.
While local fans may bristle over the notion that there is a halo hovering over Camden Yards, where the Orioles play, and a cloud hanging over the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, many loyal Baltimore fans concede they understand how the rest of the country may have this view.
“In Baltimore, the Ravens could do no wrong before; the Ravens and Orioles will do no wrong now,” said the 67-year-old Sklar, a Baltimore native and a Ravens season-ticket holder.
Not that the Orioles are purer than the driven snow. First baseman Chris Davis was suspended last month for testing positive for the stimulant Adderall.
Major League Baseball announced the penalty, and the Orioles, without a fight, complied. The Ravens and the N.F.L. appeared to do all they could to protect the team and the league after learning of the existence of a graphic security tape showing Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée in an elevator.
Orioles Manager Buck Showalter alluded to the bond between Baltimore fans and their two major pro teams.
“I can’t imagine a more supportive fan base,” Showalter said. “There is a closeness and identification with this club. And our guys will be there at the Ravens games. They pull for them.”
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