OK, so it hasn’t been easy being a Baltimore Orioles fan. Stuck in an AL East with the Yankees, Red Sox & Rays leaves no room for enjoyment. And it’s not like the O’s have given fans any recent reasons to remain positive.
Of course, what can you expect from a club whose own radio announcers won’t even stick around to finish calling a game.
Bart Hubbuch of the NEW YORK POST’s METS BLOG broadcasts word that Joe Angel (above left) & Fred Manfra (above right), the on-air Orioles duo for 105.7 THE FAN, skipped out on Sunday’s spring training game against the Mets down in Fort Lauderdale.
Actually, the pair were there on the air for the first inning, but then a rain delay washed out play for about 90 minutes. Angel & Manfra apparently told the station that the game was canceled and decided to check out. But the game did go on, with the O’s winning, 5-1 - not that anyone listening in Baltimore would have known.
One Orioles employee wasn’t sure what he saw - or what he didn’t see:
“Yes, the rest of the game was not on the air back home and we don’t know why,” baffled Orioles PR rep Jeff Lentz said later. “We looked over during the game and they weren’t there.”
As Hubbuch adds, there might soon be some permanent vacancies in the Baltimore broadcast booth. Aspiring announcers should send their resume tapes to 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore, MD, 21201. Keep an eye on this web page for further developments.