Swing and a Miss

On the heels of, shall we say, a slightly humbling experience ( I still can’t figure out why the O’s didn’t just take a knee). The Orioles had a chance to change focus from the 30 unanswered runs scored by Texas to the brilliant and gutsy draft and sign of Georgia Tech catch Matt Wieters.

Granted they tried. A press conference was scheduled Thursday evening at 6:00 to introduce Wieters to the media. All the local TV cameras would be rolling, and probably some national ones too.

Then we received an e-mail announcing a change in plans.

MEDIA ADVISORY August 23, 2007

The Orioles news conference to introduce CA MATT WIETERS, their first round pick in this year’s amateur draft, has been postponed until tomorrow, Friday, August 24, at 6:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Clubhouse at Oriole Park, prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins.
Wieters is scheduled to take batting practice with the Orioles prior to tomorrow’s game.
Orioles credentials will be required to attend both batting practice and the news conference.

This is a copy and paste although didn’t actually come in orange but I though it seemed appropriate.

So we pulled our camera back from Camden Yards and put it in the planner for Friday.

Turns out, Wieters did meet with the media who were still there during the game (we don’t keep a camera there because there’s nothing for the videographer to do 99% of the time during a game).

Then this morning, the internet went to work again.

MEDIA ADVISORY August 24, 2007

Because of a late change in plans last night, there will be no news conference tonight with Orioles first round pick CA MATT WIETERS.

Wieters completed his physical late yesterday, signed his contract and met with media at Camden Yards during last night’s game. He is scheduled to fly to Massachusetts this morning to join the short-season Class A Aberdeen IronBirds, who are playing at Lowell. Wieters will work out with the team for several days on their road trip before possibly being activated.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

If they had just told us, ‘hey stick around and he’ll be available during the game’ no problem. A little overtime, but for the Orioles best draft pick maybe since Mike Mussina, worth it.

Instead, we miss our chance to share Wieters with the fans and think about a very bright future. Now we’re left wondering how it is that the introductory press conference for the team’s top pick (something they’ve done every year of recent memory) just gets tossed under the rug when they Orioles so badly need some good free publicity.

On the field they seem headed in the right direction, but nothing ever seems to go just right with this franchise.


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