Orioles Flagship Cuts Short Coverage During Rain Delay
March 30, 2009 at 5:18 AM (PT)
A rain delay at the BALTIMORE ORIOLES-NEW YORK METS spring training game on SUNDAY was too much for CBS RADIO Sports WJZ-F (105.7 THE FAN), which did not resume covering the game when it resumed.
The BALTIMORE SUN's RAY FRAGER reports that ORIOLES announcers JOE ANGEL and FRED MANFRA left FORT LAUDERDALE STADIUM after 40 minutes of talking through the rain delay, and FRAGER says that ANGEL told SUN columnist PETER SCHMUCK that the "powers that be" at WJZ told the broadcasters to leave because the game would be rained out. MANFRA told SCHMUCK, "JOE and I didn't make that decision. That's above our pay grade."
"Yes, the rest of the game was not on the air back home and we don't know why," ORIOLES PR rep JEFF LENTZ told the NEW YORK POST. "We looked over during the game and they weren't there."