Mike Flanagan was a special person and special Oriole

The Orioles family is devastated tonight by the news of the death of Mike Flanagan.

I have known Mike many years and am so blessed that he considered me a friend. He listened to radio shows that I hosted on WBAL and this year on 105.7 FM in Baltimore. He often talked about that with me and said he would listen on his drive home.

He could not have been more supportive of me and anything I did around the club. I don't know if I've ever met anyone who loved being an Oriole and was more proud to be an Oriole than Mike.

He gave his all for this organization in many roles over many years.

I am so sad for his family and his extended Orioles family. Hearts are broken all over Baltimore tonight as this man touched so many in so many special ways.

It was very tough to be on the air on Wednesday night and a tear or two was shed. It is so hard to deal with this loss for so many. At some point, we all will smile and laugh in remembering a truly amazing person and ballplayer and how he made us laugh.

But that is going to take awhile.

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