O's forged on contributions of unwanted and overlooked

Parking in the alley behind the row home, he saw something in his headlights before turning them off. A striped cat sprinted out of the darkness, across the beams, and into the darkness on the other side of the alley. Almost immediately, a giant rat scampered through the light, hot on the trail of the cat. The lesson he took from that experience was that while the cat might look rather impressive, you really have to respect the rats because this is a rat town. The flashy and chic are out of place in Baltimore. Hard work and dependability is the currency here.
I call Baltimore a rat town with fondness. It is a charming dirty, old port town with wonderful places spread throughout.

This excerpt captures Baltimore well, I think. It's exactly what I love about this city, and it's told in a way that doesn't take itself too seriously.

The article is about the current Orioles, and doesn't touch on some of our higher-profile castaways like Chris Davis, who struggled to stay in the majors while signed with the Rangers.

Snubbed by Google Fiber, Mad at Comcast, Baltimore seeks its Own Fiber

Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica:

Baltimore's other problem is that most of its residents are locked into Comcast. City CIO Chris Tonjes, who came to Baltimore from Washington, DC a year ago, said, "I’m paying more here for lesser service." That was a reference to Comcast, which signed a contract "in 2004 with an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2016, that effectively makes the company the exclusive cable television provider in the city…

The lock Comcast has on this city has turned my stomach since I first heard talk of it back in 2003. It's awful. Expensive, slow, unreliable service, and crap customer service.

Not getting Google Fiber was a real shame, and Verizon wasn't interested in bringing their FiOS infrastructure into Baltimore City if they couldn't bundle TV service with it, which they can't thanks to Baltimore's moronic franchise agreement. Hope we're able to find something.