Playing Ball

February 19, 1994|By Mark Hyman

Blister by angry reaction from their Washington-area fans, the Orioles said yesterday that they intend to reopen their baseball store in the nation's capital, reversing a day-old decision to close the outlet.

"It never dawned on me that closing the store would be construed as a manifestation in Washington of not caring about our fans. That message certainly was never intended," said Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos.

For now, Angelos said the Washington store will stay at its location on Farragut Square. A future move is possible to "an even more convenient location" the owner said.

Word that the Orioles' Washington store would remain open was first reported in The Washington Post.

The future of two other Orioles stores, in Seabrook, Md., and York, Pa., also is being re-examined. Team officials said they'll keep a store in York, but they haven't decided whether to remain in Seabrook. Initially, the club intended to close both stores.

The stores sell team souvenirs and feature ticket computers, where fans pay a minimal service charge for their Camden Yards seats. Without the stores, some fans complained they would be forced to pay higher service charges at other ticket outlets and when ordering seats by telephone.

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