View from New York

May 22, 1998|By Roch Kubatko

The New York media had more fun at the Orioles' expense yesterday in the wake of Tuesday night's brawl with the Yankees and the Orioles' terrible slump. A few samplings:

Former Sun writer Buster Olney, New York Times: "Not running )) out ground balls and fly balls is something the Orioles are doing very well these days. Making bad decisions is something the Orioles are doing very well these days. If it could be said that Baltimore is out of contention for the AL East title, that the Orioles are dead, then everybody at Yankee Stadium was having a good time dancing on their grave."

Lenn Robbins, New York Post: "The $74 million team has been playing like a $3 bill. The $74 million team has been playing with the emotion of an assembly line worker making minimum wage. Check that, at least those employees are giving it an honest day's work. Not the Orioles. The $74 million team was hoping that the Battle in The Bronx would light a fire that has been missing from this fowl team. It didn't work. Baltimore showed no desire of wanting to climb out of the AL East cellar."

Joel Sherman, New York Post: "They came here with a chance to make a statement. Maybe they are. That they are not very good. That for $74 million, the highest payroll ever, owner Peter Angelos has put together a mismatched team that's too old, too dispassionate and too rudderless. The anti-Yankees."

George King, New York Post: "Twenty-four hours after punishing the rancid Orioles with their fists and bats, the Yankees returned to more conventional methods last night when they left the Birds dangling on the AL East wire. Either way, the Birds don't have the lungs to stay with the best team in baseball."

Ian O'Connor, Daily News: "The Orioles are a wretched sight. A Hollywood-sized bust."

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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