OK, that’s hyperbole, but how many baseball owners gave their teams $100 million out of their own pocket to cover operating losses? And how many wrote a check for $300,000 to keep the municipal pools open in a budget crunch while asking for no credit or acknowledgment? According to this in-depth profile of Orioles’ owner Peter Angelos by the Baltimore Sun, Angelos did. He has also stayed relatively hands-off when it comes to baseball decisions since he hired Andy MacPhail.
Of course, that comes after 15 years of micromanaging that seriously hamstrung the franchise, and all of that is there too, so it’s no whitewash. What it is: one of the more comprehensive takes on Angelos we’ve seen for a while, and one that makes the storyline of “cheap plaintiff’s lawyer buys proud organization, runs it into the ground” simplistic, even if there’s a lot of truth to it in the broad strokes.