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The Baltimore Sun encourages O’s fans to screw with Yankees fans

Sep 7, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT

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The Sun uses the word “heckle,” but this slide show of allegedly whimsical ways to mess with Yankees fans at Camden Yards this weekend is about 50% “show your O’s spirit,” which is cool, and 50% “be a jerk to visiting Yankees fans,” which is lame.

I know it’s been a long time, Baltimore, but really, act like ya been there.

  1. goskinsvt - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    But trolling Yankee fans when they lose is so much fun…

  2. kevinleaptrot - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    This a hoot. Yankees fans having been going to Baltimore and acting like jerks to Os fans for years. I remember going to a couple of Yankees games at Memorial Stadium in the early ’80s and the fighting started early and often. Lots of Yankee gear on the combatants. Baltimore has some of the best fans in baseball so I don’t anticipate that they’ll do anything nearly as stupid and classless as the Yankees fans.

    • redguy12588 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      Baltimore doesn’t have baseball fans, if you did your attendance would be a lot higher than bottom 5 in the league.

      • redguy12588 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

        downvote me all you want, baltimore is not a small market like Pittsburgh or Tampa.

      • kevinleaptrot - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        Baltimore had lots of really great baseball fans pre-Angelos. But after years of his questionable stewardship they’ve all left. Hopefully winning (after so many years of not winning) will bring them back.

      • dowhatifeellike - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        The team has plenty of fans, and most of those fans will not give Angelos one red cent until he can put together a competent front office and a competitive roster.

        It takes more than 5 months of winning to make up for 15 years of losing. We have long memories.

      • paperlions - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        I thumbed you down because Baltimore isn’t actually in the bottom 5. Being a stickler for facts, I tend to be annoyed by people that can’t be bothered to take 5 seconds to see if their “facts” are true.

        Also, fun fact:

        Market size:

        Tampa 1,822,160
        Pittsburgh 1,156,460
        Baltimore 1,102,080

        So…..you were saying….?

      • drewsylvania - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

        kevinleaptrot is right, there are plenty of people in Baltimore who like baseball. Just not what Angelos has done to the team all these years.

      • indaburg - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        Not arguing with you, paperlions, but I was wondering if you could please cite your source? Thanks.

      • heyblueyoustink - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        You sound like a typical “Tankee” elitist.

      • paperlions - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Those numbers are from Local Television Market Universe Estimates. The ones I posted are a few years old. The newest ones show Tampa with 1.788M, Pittsburgh with 1.171M, and Baltimore with 1.097M

      • natstowngreg - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        Before the Nats arrived in 2005, the Orioles had both the Baltimore and Washington markets. I’m sure that paper’s source shows the latter market to be significantly larger. Still quite a few Orioles fans in the Washington market, a leftover from the 33 seasons when the O’s were the only team available.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        Baltimore is and always will be a baseball town first and foremost. However, after 15 years of Peter Angelos, I can say the attendance is a reflection of our attitude toward ownership. Fans vote with their wallets, it’s the only voice we have anyone will listen to. I personally know plenty of people who refuse to go to games as long as Angelos remains majority owner. Last night was simply a reminder of what this town is capable of. Winning cures all ills, and as long as the team continues to perform at this level, and Ownership continues to not blunder things up, and actually puts some money in the team, we will show in force.

        You know, people who jump and down about attendance really get on my nerves. Explain to me why after 15 years of complete ineptitude I should be expected to spend $45 or more on a ticket, $5 on “convenience fees”, $3 to print out my ticket on my own damn paper, $20 on parking, $9 per beer, $6 per soda, $7 for a hotdog just to watch a team that’s funded by an owner who owns the television rights to TWO teams on his own personal tv network year in and year out refuse to spend any money and watch the team fail. Thanks, but I’ll stay at home and wait for the team I care so deeply about to show they care about their fans.

      • rockthered1286 - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

        Thanks to all of my O’s supporters proving our faithfulness to the O’s, whilst shunning Angelos. It’s the truth and any local knows it, and honestly, no other fanbase can understand what it’s like…

        Just wanted to piggy back on the reasoning for poor attendance. One of the MAJOR contributing factors to daily attendance is preseason sales. Coming into this season, everyone predicted this team to be worse than years past, possibly breaking the 100 loss mark. With that in mind, people’s general reaction was “another year, another losing season, and Angelos did NOTHING in the off-season to help this team yet again.” result? Taking my money to the Ravens games instead. Walk up tickets were being charge a ‘convenience charge’ so people declined that as well. It all adds up to empty seats.

        Luckily they’re rolling back prices FINALLY this week and the result? Near sell outs against the Rays next week. This town can make it happen, but Angelos is like the roach at a fancy restaurant. No matter how bad you want to go, you can’t help but get a sick feeling in your stomach…

    • natslady - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      This was hysterical. But in between slide 7 and 8 and at the end of the slideshow up popped NATIONALS ADs complete with Jayson Werth, “Ignite your Natitude,” and Curly W’s. I’m sure it’s based on the location of your ISP (mine happens to be in Maryland, though).

  3. sictransitchris - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    blah blah blah our fans are better than your fans blah blah blah

  4. redguy12588 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Yankees fans don’t have souls, heckling them is doing God’s work.

  5. orakpownd - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Please. Please give me a beltway series. I know I probably jinxed it.

  6. chill1184 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    You might call it classless but some might call it karma.

  7. skydivn01 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    The constant losers always hate the winners. Wouldn’t expect any difference here.

  8. tonyromoisterrible - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Have you ever been to yankme stadium? I was in uniform when I was in the marine corps and some jackhole yankee fan picked a fight with me and I got tossed. You talk about classless? Well classless sums up yankee fans. How about jeffrey mayer interfering with Tarasco’s catch and the whole city of new york embracing him? Come on now!

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Last time I went to an O’s Yankees game in Camden yards, I witnessed a drunk fan in a Jeter uniform, getting escorted out of the stadium after picking a fight in the stands, punch a state trooper in the back of the head, nearly knocking him over the railing off the top deck. I let out a hearty laugh when 6 undercover and uniformed cops swarmed the jerk and promptly took him down faster then you could blink.

      • kevinleaptrot - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:59 PM

        Only one?

  9. timb12 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    If an O’s fan gets beat up, who’s to blame?

  10. DJ MC - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    There was a Yankee fan a section over from me who had a sign–homemade, from cardboard, quite crafty–with arrows pointing to either side and the text “bandwagon fans”. It was actually rather amusing, although he did make a mistake by not pointing the arrows down.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      + several for the guy’s awareness of his surroundings.

  11. kirbyslefteye - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Geez, lighten up! The slideshow is clearly just meant for fun. The worst suggestion in there is just giving wrong directions…

  12. willclarkgameface - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    It’s difficult to stick up for any fan decked out in opponents gear in opponents ballpark that is running their mouth for the entirety of the 7 innings when beer is allowed to be served.

    My favorite experience in sitting in the bleachers in Fenway when the Yankees are in town and getting the opportunity to sit next to Drunk NY Fan Girl.

    “We won so many times you don’t even know how many times we won because we won so much! In your face, Bostonasdnf.”

    While I am not going to condone getting into it PHYSICALLY with anyone, heckling is okay. The Sun should be more responsible and make sure they are promoting the verbal jabs rather than straight up harassment.

    Yankees fans are lame on the road. So, go get ‘um Baltimore. Take 1st place already!

  13. Panda Claus - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    I’m an O’s fan and expected the link to show me a tasteless story, but it’s not anything like that. Just trying to be funny, not to stir things up. Nothing to get up in arms about.

    • willclarkgameface - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      dude…i totally forgot about that Panda Claus thing from the late 90s/early 00s until i saw your screen name. that shit made me laugh then and still now.

  14. psunick - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Go get ‘em, Baltimore fans!

    Compared to the muggings and knifings that occur to visitors in Yankee Stadium, this is perfectly fun!

    • sandwiches4ever - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      [citation needed]

  15. bmorelikeme - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Craig,

    I love you blog, but sometimes you’re so lame.

  16. bmorelikeme - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Craig,

    I love your blog, but sometimes you’re so lame.

  17. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    How is that lame? This isn’t Oakland where the same encouragement would result in shootings.

  18. noquickreactionshere - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Seriously????? Did you even read the slide show?? Anyone calling this “classless” please go to the site and read the items in the slide show. They are pranks to play on New Yorkers and it is clearly ment to be a joke. The only thing even close to classless is the first option of “spilling pop corn” on yankee fans. Other than that it’s just jokes like “ask them to borrow money” “remind them Babe Ruth is from Baltimore” and of course “go to the games.” What is classless about this list?

  19. Tim's Neighbor - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    The best way to troll a Yankee fan is to mention how good A-Rod is. They hate that.

  20. lennylyles - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Baltimore has the smallest market in baseball. The Washington market begins in the Maryland suburbs 25 miles to the south and the Philadelphia beginning in Delaware 60 miles to the north. From 1992-1997 Baltimore average 46,000. You can’t compare Baltimore to Boston with their six state drawing area.

    • natslady - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Setting aside the Angelos hate–which, believe me, Nats fans share to the nth degree!–this is an interesting test of the market supporting two ML teams. Both teams are good, exciting and in the pennant mix. Nats vs. Cubs only drew 22K last night (even with a giveaway). Now, tonight is Nats vs. Fish (not a big draw) and it’s starting to be a foregone conclusion the Nats are playoff bound, but it is Strasburg’s last home game.

      I totally hope O’s fans show up en masse to support their team. I also hope there will be plenty of Nats fans out to support Stras!

  21. papichulo55 - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    The family drives down I-95 every year to see the Yankees in Baltimore. Great park, lively Inner Harbor, great seafood. Yes, we have engaged in some good natured smack-talking. No profanity, just mild disrespect, lol. It always end with a laugh. The kids still go, and they’re grown now. Cant wait till our trip next year.

    • bmorelikeme - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      This, I was there last night. Our entire section was heckling back and forth with one of the most stereotypical New Yorkers I’ve ever seen. And it was awesome. He loved it, we loved it. It was sweet.

  22. sophiethegreatdane - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Seriously Calcaterra, you’re trolling O’s fans now? All because of something written by The Sun, in jest? You’re better than that.

    If ever a fan base needed to be left to simply enjoy their team’s much needed success, it’s the Orioles.

    Regarding heckling Yanks fans, I was at the game, and *barely* even saw a Yankee fan. There was one in my section, one. And he was rooting for ARod, oddly enough. Every time ARod came to bat he stood up and tried to make noise, and got the crap booed out of him for his efforts. I mean, ARod? Stand up and clap for Jeter, I can respect that. Hell, I clapped for Jeter in his first at-bat as did a lot of my fellow fans.

    There were so few Yankee fans there, I didn’t get a chance to heckle. And those that were walking by me on the concourse would not make eye contact. They know they’ve been creeps in the past. It’s like when you catch a dog peeing on the rug, and he slinks off into a corner because he knows he’s been bad.

    They know. And so do those smackturds from Boston.

  23. sanzarq - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Another brain-dead post from Calcaterra. Can he be suspended for something…anything? Take the weekend off, chowder-head!

  24. The Rabbit - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    I know you realize that the full blog title doesn’t appear when scrolling at the top of the page…So the title for this article was “Baltimore Sun encourages O’s fans to screw”
    Guess it explains all the Viagra ads I get on this site.

  25. moagecu - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Calcaterra sounds like a bitter Yankee fan.

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