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Orioles decline to change schedule to accommodate Ravens

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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Orioles official statements sound better if you imagine Buck Showalter reading them at a podium. (Getty Images)

As you have no doubt heard by now, the Orioles and Ravens have been involved in a bit of a scheduling dispute. The teams share a parking facility, and both teams would very much like to play a night game on Sept. 5.

The Orioles will begin a home set with the White Sox, and the Ravens had been hoping to open the season at home on that very same evening. It's a (very, very recent) tradition/force of habit for the reigning Super Bowl champs -- the Ravens, in this instance -- to open the regular season at home on a Thursday night. Hence the NFL's prior inflexibility on the matter. Meanwhile, the Orioles play a night game in Cleveland on Sept. 4, which would make a day game on Sept. 5 challenging on a number of fronts. Hence MLB's ongoing inflexibility on the matter.

Anyhow, the Orioles have released a clunky statement on L'Affaire Shared Parking Facilities:

"The Orioles have great respect for the Super Bowl Champion Ravens and thank Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the White Sox for doing everything possible to work with us to explore all options to reschedule the September 5 game. We also appreciate the work of the NFL and the Ravens over the past several weeks as we attempted to accommodate the Ravens' interest in a game the same evening. Given the limited options available to reschedule the game at that late date in the season, the parties jointly determined that even an earlier start time would still create such enormous logistical difficulties that it would greatly diminish the fan experience for both events which all parties realized would not be in the interest of their fans or the City."

The meandering point is that nothing's going to change on the Orioles' side. That's a perfectly defensible stance, in that the Orioles made out their schedule long before the Ravens put theirs together (which they haven't yet). On cue, the Ravens have announced they'll begin their season on the road.

Contrary to, say, the juvenile fantasizing of Mike Silver, who wanted Roger Goodell to use his muscles -- muscles that he imagines have been made bulging and strong from pounding so many conference tables while wearing tailored suits -- to solve the matter by (rippled and sinewy) fiat, MLB and the Orioles never really had any incentive to complicate their seasons as a favor to a competing business. So the Ravens have relented.

Altogether: Remember, remember the fifth of November September.

 
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