There are rough ways to get fired, and then there are truly heartless ones. According to the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, the BALTIMORE SUN made a pair of moves on Wednesday that falls safely under the latter category, as the newspaper axed two of their writers in the latest round of layoffs while they were at the Orioles’ game against the Angels - in the press box.
(The least they could have done was have the Orioles bird deliver the pink slips in person.)
The expiring names in question are reportedly Rick Maese and David Steele. Another writer, baseball beat writer Dan Connolly, was also told he was fired during the game, but later avoided the chop when two less-senior writers volunteered to take buyouts instead of Connolly. That’s little consolation to Maese or Steele, both of whom are longtime Maryland sportswriters with a large and loyal audience, and both of whom were told in the eighth inning — along with a photographer at the game — that they no longer had jobs.