Geez, it's been a tough season, but I'd hate to see Orioles fans turn into a bitter and disloyal group. This isn't Cleveland, right?
I've been thinking about the league's MVP and wondering how he does it. Then I came up with this: If you're depressed over the Orioles this year, then you just don't have the proper perspective.
Personally, I'm motivated by watching the team go out there night after night and lose. After all, if Cal Ripken can face another game, then I can make it through another day at work. I call this Ripken Motivation, and I put it to use every day.
You'd think a boss would appreciate my attitude, wouldn't you? Not mine. All my head nurse had to say to me was, "Take the Ripken jersey off and get that baseball glove out of the operating room!"
L Some people don't know grace and style when they can see it.
5/8 The media takes for granted the loyalties of the Orioles fans. They assume that because there will be a new stadium next year and the All-Star Game the next year, that it will then distract the fans from the on-field play of the ballclub. They had better think again. The fans have supported this club well for the past six years, but unless a winning product is put on the field, how much longer do you expect the fans to support a losing ballclub?
Get rid of John Oates. He is not the managerial answer to the Orioles problem. Get rid of players such as Brady Anderson, Juan Bell, Tim Hulett. The fans will only take so much of losing seasons before they stop coming out to support a club that seems to be going nowhere. Don't fool yourself, media, we fans are a lot smarter than you think we are.
Forgotten city name
Harry I. Kleiman's recent letter hit the nail on the head.
The word Baltimore is not only not on the uniforms, it also is never mentioned on HTS or Channel 2 broadcasts.
I have not heard Mel Proctor or John Lowenstein say Baltimore all year.
The same for Jon Miller, Jim Palmer or Brooks Robinson.
This has to be orders from the top.
It's obvious to me, as I have a satellite dish and watch many games from the opposing city on other channels.
These announcers use the word Baltimore the same as our announcers did in years gone by.
Edward Bennett Williams started this move, and Eli Jacobs likes the idea of an Orioles team for Baltimore and Washington.
I hope no one really expected the word Baltimore to be used when they finally name the new stadium.
Opponent worthy of cheers
I have been an Orioles fan for most of my life, but by the eighth inning Aug. 11 I was a Chicago White Sox fan for a day, rooting for Wilson Alvarez.
The newspaper columnists and folks calling in to the radio talk shows to criticize the people at Memorial Stadium for cheering on Alvarez are sadly out of line.
Don't get me wrong. If the Orioles were in the thick of a pennant race, I wouldn't have cheered for Alvarez. If the score had been 1-0, I wouldn't have cheered for him. If it were any New York Yankees pitcher on the mound, I wouldn't have cheered for him. If the score had been 7-0 with Roger Clemens going for a no-hitter, I wouldn't have cheered for him.
But it was none of these things.
It was a 21-year-old rookie on the mound who the day before was playing two levels below the major leagues. It was a kid who did not call a single pitch of his own because he had no experience with these hitters. It was a guy making history -- it was his day in the sun. And it was a joy to watch.
If you love baseball, Aug. 11 was magic. My love of baseball -- and that of 40,000 plus other fans, for one day, transcended our love for the Baltimore Orioles. Thanks, Wilson Alvarez. We'll never forget you.
Missing the good in Cuba
Reporter Bill Glauber has not missed an opportunity to insult Cuba and its people through his coverage of the recent Pan American Games. Given the tone of his remarks, I take it for granted that he has not seen much of Latin America.
If, for example, he had traveled across the Caribbean to the U.S. client state of El Salvador, Glauber would not have observed people in bread lines; rather, he would have observed them starving because there is no bread. Nor would he have observed people living in broken-down apartment buildings with few amenities; rather, he would have observed them living in cardboard boxes perched on garbage heaps or on the slopes of steep ravines.
Has no one informed Glauber, or will he simply not write, that Cuba has the lowest infant mortality rate and the highest literacy rate in all Latin America? How can it be that Glauber could seem to find nothing good to say about Cuba and its people?
Harold H. Burns, Jr.