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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Defending Peter Angelos

Sometimes they write letters. Brady Anderson, for instance: It's been 12 years since the Orioles finished at .500 or better. In most of the years since, they haven't come close. I have a friend who's been following the Orioles for many years, and when I used to ask him what was wrong with the O's, he would simply say, "A fish stinks from the head."

I do believe that the SI piece might have been a bit too backwards-looking, which is why I didn't mention it earlier. But I also think it's fair to consider an owner's entire tenure, and a good stretch of Angelos' tenure has been pretty miserable, and many people who spend a great deal of time around the game will tell you that Angelos is the No. 1 reason for all that misery.

That said, Anderson's got a point. The world is a complicated place. We can demonize Angelos and Jeffrey Loria and Tom Hicks if we like, but all these men have their supporters. And some of these men probably even deserve them.