And I thought my posts were too long. The people behind tomorrow's "Take Back the Birds" campaign have a mission statement that clocks in just south of 3,500 words. "Angelos" appears 23 times. "Bad" appears 11 times. Prominent descriptions include disgruntled, disgusted, disenfranchised, suppressed, betrayed, ignored, abused, depressed, fragmented, unprecedented, snubbed, neglected, insulted, etc. Imagine if these people were Devil Rays fans.
(Also, the rally update clocks in north of 1,500 words, and uses the caps lock feature an astounding 42 times.)
(Is there more gurgling fan anger about Daniel Snyder or Peter Angelos? Discuss.)
(Also, what would happen if every franchise were actually a well-run, responsive example of shining ownership brilliance? Wouldn't odds indicate that some teams might still finish in fourth or fifth place? Actually, I guess every team could finish .500, and then fans would only be angry at whomever was flipping the tiebreaker coins.)
Anyhow, a brief history of recent fan walkouts:
1998: An estimated 100-200 Bengals fans take off at the start of the second half of a late-season game, falling slightly short of the goal (20,000). A columnist writes that the protest "fizzled like a typical Bengals third-quarter offensive drive." Sports Frog remembers.
1999: Royals fans protest MLB's economic disparities with a shower of fake dollar bills and a trail of skulls and crossbones. The franchise responds with one winning record in the next eight seasons.
2005: Some rugby fans protest something in South Africa, which somehow involved scantily clad women wearing boots. This would appear to be the most successful fan protest of all time.
2005: Devil Rays fans protest against Managing General Partner Vince Naimoli with a seventh inning display that is enthusiastically dubbed "small." But Naimoli is now just a partial stakeholder in the team, decision-making powers have been transferred and partial stakeholder without decision-making ">a recent game attracted 12,000 loud fans. So take hope, O's fans.