Tuesday, April 04, 2006

While the Terps Got It Right...

Once again, the O's seem to have dropped the ball. John Eisenberg over at The Sun has a disheartening column about yesterday’s pregame ceremony to honor the late Elrod Hendricks.

For those of you who don't know, Hendricks was a fixture in Baltimore baseball. Known for his easy smile and his work in the community, Hendricks spent more seasons in an Orioles uniform than any one in club history. Elrod spent all or part of ten seasons catching for the O's including the 69, 70, 71 and 79 World Series Teams. Later he would serve in uniform as the Orioles bullpen coach for twenty-eight years, including the 83 World Series team, until suffering a stroke before a game last year.

Well, according to Hendricks’s widow, Merle, the team broke his heart. The O's have done that to a lot of fans lately. After going to the Series six times in seventeen years, recently they've been in a bit of a drought. A two decade drought. The handling of Hendricks, the closest thing this team has had to a soul in the organization, is yet another symptom of a sick club. His wife said it best, "really, he was always there for this organization, but when he needed them, they weren't there for him."

Go O's


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