The Orioles reportedly spent $100,000 on the farewell weekend at Memorial Stadium. As Stephen Vicchio points out on the page opposite today, it was money spent on fans, awakening so many memories that Sunday had a dreamlike quality about it, even for those many who couldn't visit 33rd Street in person.
But now that the ball game's over, now that home plate is moved to the stadium built for the Orioles by Marylanders, it's time for a dose of reality. Sunday, the Orioles proved for the 95th time this season that they stink. Among other things, they need better pitching, a third baseman, a couple of power-hitting outfielders and a second baseman who can hit. All of that will take much more than $100,000. We hope owner Eli Jacobs has enough pride in his team to make it competitive on the field, not merely a showcase for entertaining high-ranking officials.