Kevgate: Reactions to the (now definitely overblown) Millar saga

Honestly, I kind of expected to be in the minority on this one. (I also don't really think he's a "traitor," and it seems like Millar at least heard about that comment.)

Jeff Zrebiec of the Sun: "Millar was surprised and a little amused yesterday by the attention. He said he was hesitant to take part in Sunday's pre-game events but changed his mind after learning Red Sox president Larry Lucchino had contacted MacPhail and Orioles owner Peter Angelos to ask permission and got no objections. ... Asked whether he is worried about fan backlash, Millar said, 'If I worry about what everybody said about me, I wouldn't be where I am today.'"

Bill Ordine of the Sun: "What this says is that Baltimore, in terms of competition between the two cities, has been marginalized -- and that realization infuriates some Orioles fans. And that is something for Baltimore fans to get angry about -- not Millar throwing out the ball. It's the chronic failings of the Oriole organization over a decade that have left Orioles fans feeling like they're doormats. It's evident any time the Red Sox and Yankees come to town. Look at the Pratt Street bars. Look at the stands. It's those things that happen time after time, season after season, that should infuriate baseball fans in this region -- and what they should vent about, over and over and over, is how things got to be that way. And Kevin Millar just became a lightning rod for all of that."

(Editor's Note: Mr. Ordine also referenced something I said about Johnny Damon, but failed to give any credit. I am, simply, a fan. (I don't actually care, I was flattered.))

Oriole Magic: "I think it's a good thing that the Red Sox organization have the doors wide open for Kevin (to an extent) and there seems to be no bitterness on his part. Considering his significance in Red Sox history in the past decade, I guess it is somewhat appropriate."

Birds in the Belfry: "In the big scheme of things, this is a tempest in a teapot. The Orioles may well be on their way to respectability again, who knows? Only time will tell. By Spring Training this will probably be all forgotten. It's not the event itself that resounds with me, it's the decision-making process that led to this. Hasn't Andy paid one whit of attention to what's been going on around here for the past ten years? Doesn't he understand the fragile psyche of the few real thinking folks left in the fan base? They aren't asking for much right now...more than anything, they are asking to not be embarrassed. Not by Miggy, not by stupid hires, not by more steroid revelations, not by behind-the-scenes intrigue. That's pretty much all we're asking for! Is it too much?"

The Loss Column: "PR isn't exactly a science -- it's really just understanding your target market and saying the things that will enhance their emotional attachment to whatever it is you're selling. Millar, quite obviously, doesn't get that. But that's his fault, and he'll pay for it however the fans see fit. The fault does not lie with the Orioles, despite what so many haters want to believe. It's not their place to tell their employees how to spend their free time, and I'm glad they feel that way. Responsibility should lie with the players to do the right things, and until they go hurting people or breaking laws we need to give them that freedom. They're adults, after all. So take it out on Millar all you want, but don't use this as more fuel for Angelos hatred or MacPhail doubting. That's just more of the same tired thinking that has helped land us where we are."

Mr. Irrelevant: "As someone who has rooted for the Orioles since the Larry Sheets era and was rooting for Cleveland in this series, I could not care less."

Just remember, though, to keep this in some perspective, even if you're on the side I am (which is that this was a stupid, stupid thing for Millar to do, and for Angelos and his minions to greenlight).

It could always be worse.

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