Disappointed Angelos quieter this time Not as vocal as with loss to N.Y. last year, owner silent on Johnson's future

October 16, 1997|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF

Orioles owner Peter Angelos watched from his box on the club level as another expensive team came up one step short of the World Series, but there was none of the postgame rancor that accompanied last year's American League Championship Series loss to the rival New York Yankees.

"You're always disappointed when you don't prevail," Angelos said quietly as he rode down the elevator and headed for his car. "We're disappointed; everyone is disappointed; there are 50,000 people here who are disappointed."

That disappointment, however, did not lead to the kind of recriminations that followed last season's loss to the Yankees, perhaps because there weren't several thousand boisterous Yankees fans rubbing it in for a half-hour after the game. The Cleveland Indians went on to the World Series quietly, with a quick celebration on the field and only a handful of their fans along the rail.

Angelos went home quickly, with no word on what his plans for the club's future might be. Last year, he was known to be unhappy with the way manager Davey Johnson handled the final playoff series, but this time Johnson was not at the eye of the hurricane when the Indians won Game 6 on an 11th-inning home run by Tony Fernandez.

Johnson was the "mad genius" who got the club past Randy Johnson and the favored Seattle Mariners in the Division Series. He made a few decisions in the ALCS that didn't work out, but he could not be blamed for the momentum-shifting home run that Armando Benitez surrendered to Marquis Grissom in Game 2, or the Fernandez home run last night. If the Orioles' lineup had managed just one big hit yesterday, they would be playing tonight for a chance to face the Florida Marlins in the World Series.

The question, however, had to be asked. Was Angelos satisfied with Johnson's performance in 1997?

He waved it off without comment but did not appear ready to go back on his earlier insistence that Johnson would return for the final year of his three-year contract.

"I'm not going to get into that," he said. "Why does everybody always want to stir things up?"

Johnson at a loss

This was Davey Johnson's fourth loss in five tries as manager in League Championship Series:

Yr. .. ..Team .. .. ..Opp. .. ... .Res.

'86 .. ..Mets .. .. .Astros .. ..W, 4-2

'88 .. ..Mets .. .. .Dodgers .. .L, 4-3

'95 .. ..Reds .. .. .Braves .. ..L, 4-0

'96 .. ..Orioles .. .Yankees .. .L, 4-1

'97 .. ..Orioles .. .Indians .. .L, 4-2

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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