Are the Baltimore Ravens fans getting hosed this year?
Short answer is yes, and not because they had to get rid of a majority of starters, but because of Major League Baseball. The Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to play a game on September 5th at 7:05 PM against the visiting Chicago White Sox, and the Baltimore Ravens were going to have their home opener and Super Bowl celebration that same night. But instead of the Orioles coming to terms with the fact that they aren’t even close to as important as the Ravens they instead decide not to budge on their game and force the Ravens to play the season opener on the road.
This is something that hasn’t happened in about a decade. It has been a tradition in the NFL for the Super Bowl champions to host the season opener at their home field so the fans can celebrate along with them. Imagine being a Ravens season ticket holder. You wait years and years for them to win the Super Bowl again and then find out that the “celebration game” will be an away game! That’s horrendous! If I were a Raven fan (which I am not, kind of the opposite really) I would be beyond mad at the Baltimore Orioles for not even budging a few hours in order for the Ravens to have their season opener and celebration at their home field. But let’s not go crazy yet, there is an explanation.
The logistics behind the reasoning explain why The Orioles didn’t move up their game to around 1PM. The Orioles have an away game the night before in Cleveland, so they will travel home afterwards. Moving the September 5th game to an earlier start would make it so The Orioles players couldn’t rest as much as they may need in order to perform. It makes sense. Also the MLB had already scheduled the Orioles game, and anybody who runs a MLB Baseball team would tell you, moving games around is difficult. So they say moving the game just couldn’t be done. Also the Ravens couldn’t move the game to Wednesday night because the start of Rosh Hashanah, and that Sunday would also conflict with an afternoon Orioles game.
So why not just have both games as scheduled in Baltimore? Well that would be terrible news for Baltimore and their residents. The Ravens M&T Bank Stadium shares a parking lot with Camden Yards, so the logistics of parking and traffic wouldn’t work if both teams decided to play. It would cause lots of problems for the city around rush hour and that would be a very ugly situation for all involved. So having both games wouldn’t have worked either. So they will play their first game away, which is really a shame and is very unfortunate for Ravens fans. The first game will most likely be against Pittsburg or Denver, on Thursday September 5th.
Let’s be honest here, The Orioles aren’t that important to the city of Baltimore, and the Ravens are, in fact the Ravens are probably more important to Baltimore than the Orioles ever were. MLB is easily trumped by the power house that is the NFL. And for the Orioles to not move the game and use the excuse that they have to travel and could be in the playoff hunt in September is just pathetic. Yes, The Orioles might be in the playoff hunt at that time, but I was at a Red Sox VS Orioles game last season around that time in Baltimore and the stadium was empty. It was the same situation, they were in the playoff hunt and it was an important series, and the stadium was only about half full. In fact it was so empty that we moved from our $20 day of game seats, to right next to the Red Sox bullpen after the 1st inning. The fans just aren’t that interested, probably because Orioles owner Peter Angelos could care less about the fans. The truth is The Orioles organization just doesn’t want to admit that the Ravens are the new sheriffs in town. They weren’t happy when the Ravens first moved into Baltimore, and they aren’t happy now. Sorry Baltimore fans, you got hosed!