Opening Day vote on Ravens' Facebook page draws criticism

April 06, 2012|By Matt Vensel

The 2012 Orioles season is officially under way. About an hour before the first pitch in today’s season opener against the Minnesota Twins, the Ravens published a photo of M&T Bank Stadium on their official Facebook page and asked Baltimore fans if they would rather be in a football stadium today.

“Raise your hand if you'd rather be cheering in THIS stadium than a baseball stadium today!” it said.

Since the photo went live, more than 500 people have commented on the post, including dozens who argued that it was in bad taste for the Ravens to post such a thing on Orioles’ Opening Day.

“not gonna lie, i kinda am disgusted my this post,” one commenter wrote in response to the posting. “Two teams of the same city should not be against each other. I will not raise my hand because I support my O's. I'll raise my hand when football season comes around. This post is just shameful.”

“lol kinda a [expletive] thing to say on opening day but yes I would rather be watching ravens,” another wrote.

The Ravens released the following statement about the post: "We made a mistake and we have apologized to the Orioles. In no way did we mean to disrespect the Orioles."

Many Ravens employees are watching today’s game together at Camden Yards. It is also worth noting that earlier in the day, the Ravens posted a photo of the Orioles mascot in a Ravens jersey with a caption that read: “Happy Orioles Opening Day! LIKE this to show your support for both Baltimore birds!”

So what do you think Baltimore fans: Fair or foul?

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