Baltimore, no Longer The City That REEDS?

Ed Reed throws first pitch 600

Last night I posted the picture here to the left of Ed Reed and asked, “Wouldn’t it be a great way to say goodbye to Ed Reed if this happened again on Opening Day?”

I expected an overwhelmingly positive response.

Boy was I wrong. Here’s a sampling of a few of the responses (and they are being shared exactly how they were written):

* Get over it he took his two tickets and cashed them in for a cow palace.

* Boo this man….were over Ed Reed he can keep it moving!

* IMO He left Baltimore for money. That’s fine, but don’t expect me to want him to throw a first pitch when there are other deserving people in the realm….And I have never been an Ed Reed fan after he started the Favre crap 3 years ago.

* Reed, great raven. He was a diva and liked to stir trouble. Would like to see multiple members of team and coach throw the first pitch.

* I give him the finger every time I see him on TV. He is a traitor to all of Raven Nation. Now that I find out that he was the leader in the immunity because he was too lazy to wear pads during a practice.

It’s interesting to see how many Baltimoreans react when a player leaves one of their teams for another. Here in The Land of Pleasant Living that is akin to having a spouse leave another for a new squeeze. And then the living isn’t so pleasant.

But let’s not forget what Ed Reed did to make the Ravens defense elite for many years.

Let’s not forget the one-of-a-kind electrifying plays that helped make many Sundays special for all of us.

Let’s not forget that he’s been a career Raven up to now and will one day represent Baltimore in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and obviously in the Ravens Ring of Honor.

And let’s not forget that the Ravens, not Ed Reed, decided that they needed to get younger and faster on defense. Not being part of the team’s plans wasn’t Ed Reed’s plan.

What is he supposed to do, retire because the Ravens don’t want him?

Hopefully the responses to my Facebook post represent the vocal minority. But having read them, I hope that Ed doesn’t throw out the first pitch. Fair-weather fans, perhaps cloaked in an intoxicated fog might have the audacity to boo him.

And how embarrassing would that be?

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31 Raves on “Baltimore, no Longer The City That REEDS?

  1. Tony Kurek on said:

    When your Employer does not want to employ you anymore, you find somebody who want’s your service’s……..Love Ed Reed…….Gotta Do What You Gotta Do………

  2. Baltiman on said:

    Not all ravens fans feel this way. I would have loved to see Reed end his career here in Baltimore, but the Ravens seemed not to want him back so he did what he had to do and signed to another team. Reed will always be rememebered as a Raven just like Unitas will be a BALIMORE Colt, not Charger, Just like Emmitt Smith will be a Cowboy, not a Cardinal, Montana a 49er not a chief.

  3. cisco reyes on said:

    for years, I’ve watched him point out tackles to jimmy smith…in fear of hurting his lil shoulder injury… He’s a bum, but he’s a Texans bum now,…..adios and good riddins, p***y

    • Matt J on said:

      I’ll just let the records do the talking…

      NFL records

      Tied-most Play-Off career interception
      Longest Interception Return for Touchdown (108 yards)
      Most interception return yards, career (1,547)
      Tied-most career blocked punts returned for touchdowns (3)
      First person in NFL history to return an interception, punt, blocked punt, and fumble for a touchdown [43]

      Ravens franchise records

      Most career interceptions (62)[44]
      Most career interception return yards (1,547)[45]
      Most career interception return touchdowns (8)[46]
      Most passes defended (138)[46]
      Most interception-return yards in a single game (150)[23]

      Yeah but he’s a bum for instructing a rookie where to be on the field…..

  4. Baltimoron on said:

    I agree, you can’t hold Reed accountable, the Ravens never made him an offer. I don’t think the organization really wanted him back at all. Although I think it would be much better to see Lewis throw out the first pitch. I don’t see that happening though.

  5. John on said:

    Tony,
    I agree almost completely. It would be an honor to show Ed out that way. That said, Flacco carried us on his back to the Super Bowl victory, and it’s his team now. So he deserves it more.

    I do want to complain about one thing though. I am quite tired of having my facenook page littered with advertisements for Eutaw Street Report. We all know it’s there. We’ll find it if we want it.

    I’m so tired of it I’m ready to dislike Russell Street Report to make it go away. No hard feelings intended. I just expect a Ravens site to benanRavens site.

  6. Reggie in Afghanistan on said:

    I’m a HUGE Ed Reed fan. The guy was great for Baltimore and we were lucky to have him. I find it a little lame for people to be so angry and hateful towards him for leaving, but to each their own. I had no resentment to Jamal Lewis leaving for Cleveland of all places…..its just part of the game and people should get over it. HOWEVER, BUT…….there’s no way in the frickin world that Ed should be throwing the first pitch for an Orioles OPENING DAY after he decided to leave for Houston. That honor should go to Harbaugh, Flacco, Ray Lewis…..basically anyone that actually decided to stay with the team or retire a Raven THIS SEASON. With that said, him throwing for an Opening Day 5 or so years down the road would be fine…..the sting/burn would probably pass by then and it would be all love.

  7. PSUOrioles on said:

    People need to get over themsevles… Ed Reed is a class act and gave everything to this city and team and deserves the proper goodbye with the fans. Its obvious for everyone to see, that the Ravens didn’t want to bring him back, so to say he left for money is ignorant. I would love to see Reed throw out the first pitch…

  8. John H on said:

    Reed will always be one of my favorite Ravens. I agree it was time to move on although I would have really liked to see him retire alongside Ray. Every interview he’s done has been complimentary of Baltimore and it’s fanbase. That being said it shouldn’t be him throwing out the first pitch. He can do that in Houston. I would like to see Harbs or Ozzie,or a current player. Flacco would be a great choice.

  9. Joel L on said:

    Personally, I would hate to see any Raven throw out the 1st pitch. I wouldn’t mind seeing them throw a fastball at Angelos. How could a team named the BALTIMORE Orioles not accommodate a team named the BALTIMORE Ravens after winning the Super Bowl for the FANS of BALTIMORE. That being said, Ed Reed played with class and left with class. He blamed nobody and thanked everyone. He is welcome back any time.

  10. Tom Cate on said:

    Cisco really? Were you watching the same games I was? Reed always put huge hits on receivers. Your comment doesn’t hold any water. Get over it Baltimore! The Ravens didn’t offer him what he thought he was worth so he looked around and found a team that would. IT’S A BUSINESS, I am going to hate seeing him in another uniform but he had to do what he had to do. REEEEEEED!!!!!!

  11. Hollywoodheiz on said:

    Hey Raven fans, lets not forget about September 5,2013 when that first pitch is thrown out this afternoon.
    Just sayin.

  12. Troy on said:

    People can boo and criticize until they are blue in the face, but every single time Ed picked a pass, all we heard throughout the entire STATE was, REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED! People, get over yourself and realize that quarterbacks had to adjust their plays just because of his presence. Now, I do believe the team should all throw the first ball(s). It was a team victory not to mention other great players who are no longer a part of the Ravens. Or, have the Ravens mascot throw to the O’s mascot as a sign of passing the torch of victory. One last thing, I really don’t believe that someone who is not or has not ever played in the NFL has the right to call a professional athlete a “cat”. Freedom of speech can make some good people sound like foolish people.

  13. Juka Man on said:

    Like I said before i’ll say again thank you for all the int’s and run back’s also int’s with td, I STILL GOT MAD LOVE FOR YOU ED GOD BLESS TO YOU AND YOURS LOVE your GAME DO WHAT YOU DO MY BROTHER WHO EVER IS HATING NOW WAS HATING ALL ALONG THIS IS JUST A WAY FOR THEM TO SHOW IT NOW, KEEP GETTING THEM INT’S LOVE YOU BRUH, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  14. Chris M on said:

    I will always be a fan of Reed, Take the money and run! We all would do it. With that said, with all his injuries, wouldn’t it be great to see Reed have shoulder problems, have to sit out half the year and watch the Texans waste their money. Then Ravens management can see “see, we saw that coming” I believe the Ravens did give him an offer. The way I see it is you want $6-7 million but your offered $4-5. What’s losing 2 million when your already worth probably $50 million over your career. That’s where I’m not on the same side as the player. That’s shows your loyalty to a team. Good or bad, A Raven is a Raven and I respect all that played and made us happy. Even Boller had his good moments. Peace!

  15. ttocs on said:

    I think it’s disgusting how fast people will turn on someone they once loved. I’m sure most of the people pissing and moaning today were cheering him on just a couple months ago. I’m sure they feel betrayed but what was he supposed to do when his services weren’t wanted anymore? People need to grow up.

  16. Patricia Kelley on said:

    I’m sorry but I am inclined to agree. If Ed felt the need to leave then that was HIS choice. We, the fans, would have loved to see him stay. Money talks and Ed walked, so be it. I would love to see Ray Rice, who is very involved in our community or Torrey Smith throw out the first pitch. You can only be as loyal to the player as the player is to the fans.

  17. LOU FROM MORRELL PARK on said:

    IDC WHAT ANY OF THESE PEOPLE SAY, IF YOUVE EVER BEEN IN THAT STADIUM ON RUSSELL ST. AN REED MADE A BIG PLAY YOU KNOW DAMN WELL YOU JOINED IN AS THE THOUSANDS IN ATTENDANCE CHANTED “REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDD” ,AND YOU KNOW DAMN WELL WHEN YOU WERE WATCHIN AT HOME AND ED GOT ONE OF HIS MULTIPLE AND I MEAN MULTIPLE PICKS YOU DIDNT JUST FROM YOUR SEAT IN EXCITEMENT, IF YOU ARE A RAVENS FAN THEN ONCE IN YOUR LIFE YOU HAVE SAID AND I QUOTE “THE WORLD IS 3/4 COVERED BY WATER, THE REST IS COVERED BY ED REED” . GIVE THAT MAN A BREAK, HE DID WHAT ANY OF US WOULD DO WHEN THERE EMPLOYER DOESNT WANT OUR SERVICES. GROW UP YOU WERENT PAYING HIM. SO DONT TAKE IT PERSONAL LIKE YOU WERE.

  18. Scherry C on said:

    Fair weathered fans, so true.
    I loved Ed Reed and thought he has been so gracious throught this entire process. I am sure he only went to Houston because it was made clear he wouldn’t be playing here. I think it is a sad day when all I see posted is the “Harbaugh” didn’t want him and that their negotioations were a ploy to get him more $ in Houston. Do the fans really need to hear that? Just seems he should be able to just leave gracefully without all the twitter. Shame.

  19. Ravenwoman on said:

    The first pitch today should be thrown out by Marianne Weaver, the wife of the great Earl Weaver. Since the Orioles are celebrating his life by wearing a Number 4 patch all season, it would be most appropriate for her to throw out the first pitch.

  20. JayJay on said:

    I know fans live in a fairytale world and believe there’s loyalty in sports but the truth is players are loyal to themselves, their money & their families, fans are loyal to their teams only. Players would leave in a heartbeat for more money and fans would want them out for better players. It’s business, not personal.

  21. M Smith on said:

    Ed was a great Raven. One of the best to EVER play his position. Come on, Baltimore. He gave his heart, soul and portions of his body to this city. Let’s be classy & root for him to have success for the rest of his life. (except any time he’s playing against the Ravens & then I’ll wish him no luck for those 3 hours). Ed is a unique guy. A bit more cerebral than most NFL players. Celebrate all he gave to our city, don’t start hating him now. Ozzie & team decided to go in a different direction. Ed was, is, and always will be one of the greatest Ravens ever. I for one hope that as soon as decides to retire, he signs a 1-day contract w/the Ravens & is immediately put in the Ring of Honor.

    Thanks for all you did #20! Bmore still loves you! (at least most of Bmore……..)

  22. Mike M on said:

    I’ve said this on other sites/forums in both defence and critique of Reed prior to and post exodus. Reed was on the decline, there shouldn’t be anyone out there arguing against that statement; but, just as all superstars decline toward the end of their career, Ed Reed is not capable of stopping his own natural decline as a professional athlete. How do we know he isn’t heading back to Baltimore in a year or so when the Texans have finally had enough of his decline so he can retire a Raven. Will all the nay-sayers boo him? Will they boo him when he comes back this year for the Ravens vs. Texans showdown? I sincerely hope not. He is, and shall remain, Mr. Return-Yards. He was probably the best, if not one of the best, ball-hawks in the National Football League. He’s an intelligent, seasoned veteran that has done great for the Ravens during a time when the teams future was not as certain as it seems to be today. In my opinion, the Ravens saw how clogged their middle linebacker position became with Ray preventing any youngsters from stepping up. Before anyone says anything in reply, Ray deserved to keep that position until he decided to leave. Ray Lewis was a different level of veteran leader who deserves a different level of respect from Baltimore than most other pro-athletes; however, we are seriously depleted in the middle of the defence now because he’s been a perennial starter for 17 years. What if Reed stayed? We probably wouldn’t have brought in Huff and we may not have fixed the weakened backfield this year. Maybe we would have gotten smoked on the long ball all year or maybe he would have had one of the best years of his career. Regardless, we would be having the same conversation this time next year about how we can replace Ed Reed, only this time we may not have a quality player like Huff to sign for cheep.
    I live near Toronto Canada, and have watched Ravens football for the better half of a decade religiously, mainly because there isn’t much to get excited about in Toronto in terms of sport franchises; but, if you want a real screw job think back to what Bosh did to the Raptors a few years back, setting us back years for his selfishness. When he comes to town some fans boo, but for the most part we just cheer on our boys because the player shouldn’t be what matters. The team is what matters and no player can take that with them when they leave. Reed gets another few million, Baltimore moves on, the circle of sport franchises.

  23. Mill on said:

    Tony it’s the nature of the business. When Reed comes to town with his new team, the Ravens will be his enemy. There will be no sentimental moments or warm fuzzy feelings once that ball is snapped. I don’t dislike Reed, he’s my favorite Raven of all time. That love doesn’t go away over night but Reed is a Texan now and as such he is the enemy. The enemy does not get special treatment that should be reserved for friends.

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