An hour before first pitch on Opening Day, the Ravens posted a photo on their official Facebook page asking Baltimore fans if they would rather be at M&T Bank Stadium than attending a game at Oriole Park At Camden Yards.
“Raise your hand if you’d rather be cheering in THIS stadium than a baseball stadium today,” the post read.
It’s since been removed and the Ravens issued an apology according to The Sun’s Matt Vensel. “We made a mistake and we have apologized to the Orioles. In no way did we mean to disrespect the Orioles.” The Ravens also posted an image of the Oriole bird in purple uniform wishing the O’s a Happy Opening Day.
If the roles were reversed, this is exactly the type of thing that would have fans outraged and fuming for weeks. Small radio stations would be whining about the organization and piling on a team that hasn’t won in a decade in a half. Instead, this story will get brushed under the rug as the Ravens are the darling in this two sport town. The post was classless and highlights the problem with a portion of fans in this city.
The Ravens should be united with the Orioles and vise-versa. If the relationship isn’t pretty behind the scenes, then keep it behind the scenes.
Don’t try to separate the two fan bases.
And if you really want to know, I’d rather be at Camden Yards.