Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Orioles Hope to Increase Revenue with "Yankees-Redsox Night"

Baltimore, MD - With record lows in attendance over the 2010 season, Orioles owner Peter Angelos unveiled a new promotional campaign aimed at refilling seats. Following the financial success of "Bobblehead Night" and "Student Night", Angelos announced Friday that every third home game of the Orioles' 2011 season will be designated "Yankees-Redsox Night" and will feature a baseball game between the two AL powerhouses.

"It's all about sparking interest," said Angelos. "And, let's face it, when it comes to interest you can't do much better than these two teams." Orioles upper management believes the star attraction generated by high-caliber players like Kevin Youklis, Mark Teixeira, and Derek Jeter will help revive the lackluster Camden Yards attendance. "We're giving the fans some quality baseball, here," Angelos added.

Some say that the novelty game, which will take place in between the first and second innings, is merely a distraction from the real problems of the Orioles franchise. The Orioles have not had a winning season in this millennium, and questions abound about managerial decisions. Angelos and GM Andy MacPhail acknowledged the criticism, but remained steadfast that the Yankees-Redsox game will be a positive step for the team. "It may be a little gimmicky, but we feel that the crowd will grow to enjoy it," said MacPhail. "In fact, we're surprised that we're the only club implementing this program." According to reports, higher-ups in the Boston Redsox staff have cordially declined the possibility of an "Orioles-Blue Jays Night".

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  1. Orioles players such as outfielder Nick Markakis expressed enthusiasm for the plan when MacPhail presented them with the option of shagging balls in batting practice. A giddy Markakis said he couldn't wait to catch pop flies "hit by real big leaguers."