In 1998, Peter Angelos bid on the Redskins, losing out to Dan Snyder. 14 straight years of losing sent attendance in Baltimore on a straight path downhill. Attendance in Baltimore peaked in 1997 and by 2004 (the last year without a Nats team in the area) , it was down 26% and continued to fall after that. To make a short story long, some fans had already jumped ship; new uniforms weren't going to change that. It took years of fans asking for Angelos to relent to "Baltimore" on the away jerseys, Nats or no Nats. The Nats moved into their new park in 2008, but in my opinion there were different economics at work why it took so long for the uniform switch. For years, Angelos was simply cheap. Rather than buying new uniforms for the Orioles MiLB affiliates, he had the Orioles lettering stripped off the used game jerseys and re-lettered for them.