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A Tense Ten

The Orioles were triumphant but the people of the City of Baltimore lost. Protests around Freddie Gray turned violent while an ultimately meaningless sport played out on the field. There’s losing a game and then there’s losing one’s life. For many people in Charm City it means losing the peace of mind that their city’s police force holds the citizenry’s safety above all else.

Orioles chief operating officer John P. Angelos tweeted about the situation.

The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance and other abuses of the bill of rights by government pay the true price, and ultimate price, and one that far exceeds the importance of any kid’s game played tonight, or ever, at Camden Yards. We need to keep in mind people are suffering and dying around the US and while we are thankful no one was injured at Camden Yards, there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic, civil and legal rights and this … makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.

Given his passion and empathy for people Angelos is wasted as a baseball executive. We need someone like him running police departments or shaping public policy, not arguing about arbitration.

Game 18: April 25, 2015 ∙ 10 innings
Boston Red Sox
4 BS, L: Koji Uehara (1, 1-1)
HR: Mike Napoli (1), Xander Bogaerts (1)
WinBaltimore Orioles
5 BS: Zach Britton (1)
W: Brian Matusz (1-2)
2B: Alejandro De Aza (2), Jimmy Paredes (3), Manny Machado (3)
3B: Adam Jones (1)
HR: Paredes (3), David Lough (3)

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