Only one true stadium
I am writing to try to put the whole stadium issue in perspective, at least in my own mind. I do not feel the city needed a new park, and the funding for this project surely could have better served the city if it were allocated toward education or the city's debt.
Memorial Stadium always will hold a special place in my heart, because that is where my childhood was spent and enjoyed. The stadium is more than functional, and the new park isn't anything except a channel for the rich to make more money. In this time of economic squeeze, the death of Memorial Stadium is even more tragic. Eli Jacobs cares nothing for Memorial Stadium or the tradition of Baltimore, and this is apparent in the performance of his team.
As for the new park, I think Jacobs and Governor Schaefer named it appropriately. The name is ridiculous and long-winded. In attempting to capture a mystique, they failed miserably. I will probably go to the new park, but there will only be one stadium in Baltimore as far as I am concerned.
Where's the history?
As a lifelong Baltimorean and longtime railroad fan, I find no historic significance in Camden Yards. Yes, Camden Station is historically significant. But the railroad yards nearby were just that -- railroad yards to serve Camden Station and that monstrosity of a warehouse.
Apparently, it is a matter of frequent usage formalizes a term. When the stadium authority was searching for a plot of land, it settled upon that area that CSX (ne B&O) no longer needed as a railroad yard. Hence, "that former railroad yard at Camden Station" evolved over time and usage into a formalized "Camden Yards." But there is not and never has been a historically significant "Camden Yards." Take note, Governor Schaefer.
Harry E. Bennett Jr.
Why the Redskins?
I was a true blue Baltimore Colts fan. I've always hated (as a sports fan) the Washington Redskins.
Every Redskins game is televised due to the sellouts, and Baltimore is forced to watch this team. Why?
Please take the Redskins out of the Baltimore market. If you pull for the Redskins, my feeling is, we won't get an NFL team in Baltimore. The NFL automatically would think that Baltimore doesn't need a team, let them watch the Redskins.
Frank J. Monaldi Sr.
Don't change, Boogie
We thoroughly enjoyed the articles that Mike Littwin and Vito Stellino wrote about Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass and his quest for purchasing an NFL team for Baltimore.
We don't know Boogie personally, only what we've read through the months in The Sun and, wow, what a success story. Talk about gutsy and self-confident. What you see is what you get -- no wolf in sheep's clothing. No one could ever doubt Boogie is his own man and he'd never slink out of Maryland under the cover of darkness -- Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. in tow.
Good luck to Boogie on Dec. 11 and please don't let us down: Do not wear a suit or cut your ponytail.
Toni and Nelson Rembald
Aberdeen I am so sorry that George W. Schruefer made such a remark (in a letter to The Sun) about a man who has, over the years, turned himself inside out on the field and off the field. The only way Brooks could be or look like a jerk is the way he jerked that body of his around at third base making fantastic moves to reach for the ball. So, Mr. Schruefer, you have to believe it, for I have a scrapbook of Brooks from years way back showing all those jerky performances. Never, never will there ever be another like him in my eyes.
Mrs. E. Harman
Bad attitude, Cecil
When Cal Ripken, in 1990, was not awarded a Gold Glove, when it was very apparent that he should have been, he took it very professionally -- no screaming, no name-calling. He just congratulated the winner and went on from there. What did Cecil Fielder do when he wasn't voted MVP? In his words it's "a joke. . . . I'm done with it. . . . It's a bunch of garbage."
Both of these ballplayers are super in their profession, but Cal Ripken is way ahead in character and attitude.
Those sportswriters who voted for Ripken know, more than ever before, that they voted for the right person. Those who voted for Fielder wish they hadn't.