This is in response to Patty Perkins' letter regarding the Blast Booster Club and Ed Hale. I feel she should get all her facts before writing such a negative letter. Mr. Hale in no way insulted the booster club by creating his own fan club. Mr. Hale was very diplomatic and graceful toward certain booster-club officers who, while supposedly representing the Blast Booster Club, were seen wearing Wichita jerseys. This is not the way executive officers should act. While representing the booster club, they should be supporting the Blast. Executive officer comments lambasting Ed Hale were heard at the Arena and at Booster Club meetings. The officers are unable to understand that their negative comments only breed contention. Mr. Hale has tried to work with the officers and has been very diplomatic. I support Mr. Hale.
ancy E. Neukam Baltimore
Don't make Davis deal
Glenn Davis. Why, I ask? Davis offers power hitting. Davis offers slick fielding. Davis offers character, consistency and charisma.
Orioles general manager Roland Hemond offers Randy Milligan, Steve Finley, Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling? This is an offer that's awful.
Davis will command in excess of $3 million a year after the 1991 season. At that price, will the fiscally frugal Orioles welcome Davis back? Unlikely.
The Orioles must address their needs, not the needs of other clubs. Glenn Davis is a true star, but emptying the dugout to rent him for a year makes little sense. If money is not the object, then why has the parade of free agents not passed through Memorial Stadium? Remember what the Dodgers traded for Eddie Murray -- compare and complain.
Randy Milligan has worked hard to prove his worth. He's a future star. The other Orioles mentioned all hold promise. Mr. Hemond, please change direction. Rescuing the Astros is a big job. I don't want to go to the Astrodome to see my favorite Orioles.
Vince Bankoski Towson Thank you for John Eisenberg's article in Dec. 22's paper about the no-win situation we Baltimore football fans faced with that night's televised game. Thanks to Bob Irsay, we have so little to be happy about these days, and John articulated our position regarding rooting interests so well. In fact, parts of his article reminded me of a letter that I wrote to you recently on the subject.
I may not always agree with the opinions of Eisenberg or Mike Littwin or their manner of expression, but I always look forward to their columns and generally consider them the most interesting part of the sports section.
What I long to see is the day that Washington or Indianapolis comes to Baltimore to play the new Baltimore Colts.
Mark Webner Parkville
Thanks for nothing
We really have a big-hearted bunch of sports team owners in Baltimore. I see where multimillionaire Ed Hale has passed the $30,000 buck to Centre Management to repair the soccer rug. This is the same guy who says he's going to build his own arena in Timonium. Fat chance if he can't afford a new carpet. He doesn't deserve sellout crowds.
Eli Jacobs is also cheap. He's not going to raise Orioles ticket prices next year. However, in 1992, just wait to see what the suckers will have to pay in the new digs that didn't cost him a cent.
If you want to see hockey examples in this area, just attend a Skipjacks giveaway night and see the junk they foist on fans. I turn it down when they offer it to me. Last year, they charged $5 if you wanted the announcer to wish someone a happy birthday, and, for the first time, you had to pay for a team picture ($10). Yes, Tom Ebright fits right in with his buddies.
John J. Ralston Baltimore
Congratulations to the Orioles owners for discovering the secret to success, I mean wealth. Mr. Jacobs and company wisely have learned how to use the "middle-of-the-pack factor" to maximize profits and minimize expenses.
Very simply, this formula proves that there is a greater profit to be made in third, fourth or fifth place than there is in first, second, sixth or seventh place. Obviously, sixth or seventh eventually will cost you fans at the ballpark and, subsequently, -- lost revenue. You must provide an aggressive-enough team that will avoid the cellar. However, be careful not to approach first or second. This very well may indicate that your payroll is too high, and it is now time to unload some of your higher salaries (Phil Bradley will do.) You can even appease your fans by calling this a "youth movement." Yeah, they like that! You may even be lucky enough to win an arbitration case. More savings.
Fellow major-league owners should learn from our Orioles owners how to use this formula. They, too, can become richer and richer.
Barry Tilles Annapolis