Angelos v. Angelos lawsuit claims Orioles are entering the country



I’ve had an old country song in heavy rotation for a few days. It’s “The Streets of Baltimore” as sung by Gram Parsons. This is a tune about a Tennessee man who sells the family business and leaves his relatives to follow the woman he loves who wants to move to Baltimore.

God I love Gram Parsons. (For the uninitiated, Parsons was a country-rock pioneer so charismatic and talented that he got the Rolling Stones to take a brief hiatus from being the biggest rock ‘n’ roll band in history about half a century ago Being world and going country Parsons overdosed in 1973 aged just 26 after a few years of trying to party as hard as Keith Richards Parsons’ pals then stole his body before a scheduled funeral and brought it in into the desert and burned him (how metal is that?) and what a song!

So I have to thank the people responsible for my visiting Streets of Baltimore after a while: Louis “Lou” Angelos and the rest of Baltimore’s struggling Angelos family. Late last week, Lou sued his older brother, John Angelos, and mother, Georgia Angelos, in Baltimore County District Court. It seems Lou would have also named country music as a culprit if he could have.

The lament is as sad as the saddest Reba song. Lou accuses his only brother of various frauds and deceptions, as well as manipulating their mother to aid John’s hostile takeover of the Baltimore Orioles after family patriarch Peter Angelos underwent open-heart surgery in 2017 and his “mental abilities began to deteriorate.” Lou claims that ever since her father became incapacitated, John’s plan has been to pull off what I would call the inverted “Streets of Baltimore,” moving the family team from his home in Charm City to Tennessee, all for the sake of the woman he loves , to please. That would be John’s wife, Margaret Valentine. As noted in the complaint, Johns has “career headquarters” in Nashville, where she founded a talent management company for country artists.

Lou alleges that John got Angelos family attorney Chris Jones to turn against Lou and all Angelos except John simply by promoting the career of aspiring country singer Carter Faith, who happens to be Jones’ daughter. Lou says that in 2018, when she was still in high school (and was dubbed “Carter Faith Jones” on stage), John and Margaret gave Faith a seat to sing the national anthem at Oriole Park in Camden Yards , and later several gigs after the game in the stadium.

“[Carter] has gained much more notoriety as an artist through the efforts of John and Margaret than she could ever have achieved with her own talents,” the suit reads.

And soon after the high-profile O’s’ performances, Lou claims in the lawsuit, Chris Jones would only give John’s directions: “Without ever announcing a chance in the relationship or disclosing the conflict of interest created by John’s promotion of Carter Jones’ career, Jones tacitly switched from group representation to exclusive representation of John’s interests.”

Back to me: reading Angelos v. Angelos reminded me of my last trip to Camden Yards. I took my family to the O’s against Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels on a Friday night in June 2018. All I noticed was that the crowd was really small for a summer weekend game, and there was a show with an unknown performer singing country songs after the game, for reasons that weren’t clear to me. But that memory validated the lawsuit’s allegation that John Angelos mingled his family’s baseball business with his wife’s country music business.

For example, there were country shows at Camden Yards after every Friday night home game from June through August, both in 2018 and 2019. I couldn’t find any record of Peter Angelo’s thoughts on country music. The series of postgame shows that according to the Baltimore sun was the idea of ​​John Angelos and Valentine, seemed to be against the “No concerts!” Writ Peter Angelos imposed on the Maryland Stadium Authority for Oriole Park shortly after he bought the team in 1993 Baltimore sun, the O’s owner told stadium supervisors he “won’t let it become some kind of honky tonk.” John and Valentine, on the other hand, seem to be pro-honky-tonk. (The stadium didn’t host its first major concert until Billy Joel played there in 2019.)

And away from Baltimore, too, the Orioles put on country shows under John Angelo. Beginning in 2016, the team produced a country concert series each March entitled “Nashville’s Music Row Comes to the Ballpark” in Sarasota, Florida, the O’s spring training home. In 2019, country superstar Cole Swindell frontlined the Florida Showcase (and the The opening act was, who else, Carter Faith). And the cast lineup at the 2017 and 2020 spring training shows included none other than Margaret Valentine. In addition to being married to the team’s CEO, Valentine is also the songwriter for “Don’t Miss the Magic,” a tune described on as “the official anthem of the Baltimore Orioles.” Here’s a video of Valentine singing the tune at a Nashville club with Jenae Cherry, a country singer and, speaking of mingling, also the wife of Brad Brach, O’s former successor 2022 has no place in an O topic: “Let’s hit the road!”

Hell, maybe Lou is into something with all that country stuff! If John Angelos and Valentine have their way, the O’s could soon be taking the field in nudie suits! And far from the streets of Baltimore!

Rumors of the O’s emigration to Tennessee began a few years ago when it was revealed that John had a home there. Corresponding Nashville scene, in 2016 he and Valentine paid about $2.3 million for a home and four-acre lot in Franklin, a posh area of ​​the Metroplex Music City. According to public records, they sold the home for $3.4 million last year and moved to Nashville. Lou is clearly playing on fan fears, where he lists an address in Nashville for his brother at the top of the lawsuit; this address is also the corporate headquarters location of Pound It Out Loud LLC, Valentine’s country artist management company.

Nashville would be at or near the top of the list of cities next in line to get a Major League Baseball franchise, even without John Angelo’s apparent country music fixation. A group called Music City Baseball LLC was formed to find a team for the city by 2025. Darius Rucker and Bobby Bones are among the modern country music figures to sign up for the baseball effort, along with occasional country music personality Justin Timberlake. The group’s mission statement: “Our focus is to secure Major League Baseball’s approval for an expansion franchise in Nashville, although relocating and rebranding an existing franchise would also be considered.” In other words, they are committed no shame in taking another town’s boys summer “Jolene” style: just because they can.

Baltimore has been hit by the decline in sports concessions like no other city. The city lost the Bullets to Washington, DC in 1973 and the Colts to Indianapolis in 1984. Baltimore was just hosting the 147th edition of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing, but talk of the big race being taken away from Pimlico and given to the other city has been growing for years. And if not scenery, the Orioles need something to change: A Forbes article on the value of professional sports franchises, published in March 2022, claimed that the average MLB team’s value fell nine percent in the previous year had risen The O’s value, however, plunged four percent, making Baltimore the only MLB team to fall in value since the last Forbes poll.

And in at least one way, Nashville would be a greener pasture than the O’s current home: According to the US Census Bureau, the median annual household income in Nashville was $62,087 in 2020, or nearly $10,000 more than Baltimore.

Lou has asked the court to issue an injunction preventing John Angelos from relocating or selling the Orioles while the case is pending and monetary damages Lou believes he is owed for his brother’s alleged transgressions taken into consideration. Jeffrey Nusinov, Lou Angelos’ attorney, declined to comment on the likelihood that John Angelos would actually attempt to move the O’s to Tennessee while the family is in such turmoil.

“The purpose of this lawsuit is to fulfill the intentions of Peter Angelos,” Nusinov said. “I have no further facts to add at this time.” But the lawsuit seems to have upset John. This morning he released a lengthy statement that begins pointedly: “As I said before, as long as Fort McHenry guards the Inner Harbor, the Orioles will remain in Baltimore.”

Lou Angelos definitely seems like anti-country music these days. But while he waited for this dark time to pass, he could do worse than listen to a few Gram Parsons, even “Streets of Baltimore.” Because by the end of this song, the protagonist has realized that he should never have left his relatives and his hometown and is returning to where he came from. And no matter, again and again: What a song!

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