Get fans involved
In your letter section of Jan. 6, I saw many people wrote why they saw Baltimore Blast attendance declining. I believe that the reason for declining attendance is because of decreasing fan involvement during halftime. A few years ago, for instance, halftime had Jerry Cvach's goals for cash. Fans were chosen out of the audience to score goals at increasingly longer distances (e.g., $25 for red line, $50 for half field, etc.). Another thing they used to do is to have fans take penalty shots on a huge cow or crab.
Any of these is better than watching the Kangaroo Kids for 15 minutes.
Jason Greif Columbia
Don't waste votes
Every year, about 20 people are put on the ballot for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Usually, there are only a few who deserve serious consideration for this honor along with a list of the committee of the veterans.
People such as John Lowenstein, Rich Dauer and many others of the same caliber were on the ballot. They were fine everyday ballplayers, but why waste votes on them when they could be used to induct deserving players such as Orlando Cepeda and Jim Bunning?
I will make my last case for two of the game's greatest hitters -- "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Roger "Doc" Cramer, who just recently passed away. Joe Jackson was one of the best hitters the game has ever seen. The fact that he is thought to have thrown a World Series is absurd, because of his remarkably high World Series average. Finally, Cramer finished his career with more than 2,700 hits and a .296 career batting average. That surely ranks up there with some of the people already in the Hall of Fame. I guess it is all just a matter of voter preferance.
Scott Trapnell Baltimore
On Dec. 20, the Towson State Tigers almost beat Syracuse in Hershey, Pa. The few Towson State fans were louder and more classy than the Syracuse fans. The game was just as exciting to me as the Baltimore Orioles in the playoffs and World Series.
Last year, Towson State almost shocked Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAAs.
The other night, the Tigers came back and won a thriller at the Towson Center against the Bison of Bucknell on a three-pointer from Devin Boyd in the final second. My only complaint of coach Terry Truax is he seems to treat lesser games such as Bucknell as a scrimmage game. He got lucky beating the Bison. He coached a great game in Hershey. He played a lot of players in Hershey and rotated the lineup well.
It is too bad Towson State doesn't play Maryland now. Towson wasn't sharp when it played Maryland early in the season. I can't understand why more people don't come out and watch this young, exciting team that almost beat the Oklahoma and Syracuse powerhouses. One of these days, they will. They need all the support they can get. And they deserve the support.
Tim Heckert Lutherville
Several weeks ago, I wrote to your paper calling to task our sports teams and the owners for their cheapness.
The assistant general manager of the Skipjacks, Jim Riggs, was kind enough to respond to my comments, and, while not totally convincing me otherwise, showed me that some of my comments were not based in fact. What is important is that Riggs cared enough to defend his organization when, at least partially, it was the unfair recipient of criticism.
This leads me to the inescapable conclusion that the Skipjacks are an organization that cares. Caring is enough.
John J. Ralston Baltimore
Bad move on Tettleton
The Orioles just traded away Mickey Tettleton before what would have been his best season.
The lackluster numbers he put up in 1990 resulted from the offensive burden placed on him. Not only was Tettleton trying too hard to carry the team, but he also didn't get a lot of good pitches because the pitchers had no other players to consider offensive threats.
Had Tettleton hung around for the 1991 season, all his problems from the year before would have been solved by the addition of slugger Glenn Davis. He would have been able to relax at the plate and hit his pitch.
The prospect of seeing Tettleton at his true potential would have scared many opposing pitchers. Now that he's in Detroit, in a lineup that includes home-run king Cecil Fielder, the pitchers
he'll be scaring will be his former teammates.
Tracy Kogan Ellicott City
Another Tettleton fan
It is with great disappointment that I learned of the Orioles' trade of No. 1 catcher Mickey Tettleton. Just the day before, Frank Robinson was on a local radio talk show, exclaiming, "The addition of Glenn Davis to our team will only help Mickey Tettleton, and I guarantee you'll see the kind of play he is capable of." Yes, maybe we will, but in Detroit, not Baltimore. Just the day before, Robinson declared, "Randy Milligan is my everyday first baseman." Randy, don't buy any real estate here, and watch your back. Obviously, the management of the Orioles speaks with forked tongue.