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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 The Orioles

The only thing better than watching the Orioles rout the soulless Yankees 11-3 in front of a crazed hometown crowd and complete a three-game sweep that sent the pinstripeheads to fourth place in the AL East is to do all that for a national television audience. The commentators on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, which came to Camden Yards for the first time since 2005, said it was the loudest crowd they’d heard all year and gushed over O’s sluggers Chris Davis and Manny Machado. If there’s an Oriole heaven, we were in it.

2 David Simon

The erstwhile Sun scribe’s classic and locally inescapable The Wire was just named the number-one show of all time by Entertainment Weekly, who called it the “most sustained narrative in television history.” The show was deemed better than top-five contenders The Simpsons, Seinfeld, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Sopranos, but as Senator Clay Davis might say, sheeeeeeeit, we knew that already.

3 The Contemporary

When the Contemporary Museum shut down last year in the middle of the Baltimore Liste show, laying off all employees and pissing off artists all over town, we thought it was done for. But this week, CP reported that the Contemporary—though it has dropped the “museum” from its moniker—has settled up its debt and will resume operations as a nomadic institution with young MICA grad Deana Haggag as director. At a time when the BMA is laying off employees, a single-employee nomadic institution might be just what Baltimore needs.

4 Mickey Cucchiella

The 98 Rock morning-show co-host announced that he was leaving (or being kicked off) the air in an emotional video posted on the station’s website, in which he acknowledged that he had been struggling with depression in the wake of his divorce and the death of his mother. BCPR hopes Cucchiella gets the help he needs and that likely replacement Justin Schlegel gives the lackluster morning proceeding a needed boost. When in doubt: more Spiegel.

Anthony Batts

With the murder toll spiking to levels not seen in years, the top cop continues to insist that he has better intelligence than ever and that community policing is working, while reassigning his press officer and stepping up a PR campaign (“What will he do?” Mobtown Beat). The new commissioner still hasn’t approached Baltimore’s endless murder toll like the crisis it is, instead sticking to already-tired talking points. Baltimore needs new ideas, not new press officers.

 

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