Brian Roberts’ Extension Official

I thought there might have been a good chance this would be aired, but the Orioles made the four-year extension with Brian Roberts official.

From Peter Schmuck’s blog: “Obviously, this is an extraordinarily happy occasion for the club,” MacPhail said. “I just want to thank ownership. I’m very grateful to Peter [Angelos] we can be here and do this.”

Brian downplayed any frustration with how long the process took and said he always wanted to play his entire career in Baltimore.

“The city of Baltimore is my second home,” he said. “With looming free agency and the lure of looking at every team in Major League Baseball to see where you wanted to play, this is the place I wanted to play.

“I think the organization — under Andy MacPhail’s leadership — is moving in the right direction and I believe that over the next four or five years we’re going to be in a position to play some meaningful games.”

He added that he always envisioned himself as a player who spends his entire career with the same team.

“That’s what I wanted to do,” he said, “but I wanted to do that on terms that were agreeable to both sides.”

Also, MASN’s Roch Kubatko interviewed Roberts earlier in the afternoon about his huge deal…

Again, it’s been a good week for Oriole fans. Now, let’s see if the moves that the organization has made so far translates into a few more wins and brighter days ahead.