Enough on Dan JansenEnough on Dan JansenIn all the crying...

LETTERS

March 01, 1992

Enough on Dan Jansen

Enough on Dan Jansen

In all the crying and commiserating about Dan Jansen, did it ever occur to anyone that he just isn't good enough to get a medal?

A beloved sister's death four years ago surely wouldn't hinder a Japanese, German or Norwegian skater. Enough already.

Alice Anderson

Ocean City, Md.

Season ticket gripes

As a loyal Orioles season ticket holder since 1984, I am very pleased with my seat selection for the upcoming season. I am only able to purchase a 13 game Sunday package because I live 200 miles away.

However, I am not happy that I have to enter a lottery for Opening Day tickets.

In the past, we had the option to purchase two tickets for Opening Day, a day I look forward to as soon as the final out is recorded in the World Series. Now the ticket people say "we have more season ticket holders and less seats." But there is also a lottery for non-season ticket holders.

I think the Orioles should take care of season ticket holders first and then have a lottery for any leftover seats.

In December I paid for four seats for 13 games. I think I should be able to get two tickets for Opening Day.

And what's going to happen in 1993 for All-Star game tickets? [That's] one of the main reasons I bought my tickets.

David W. Eley

Newport News, Va.

More season ticket gripes

Baseball season is just around the corner again and there is unabated excitement over the Orioles' new stadium at Camden Yards. I, too, was excited about the new stadium, especially since I am a mini-plan season ticket holder and had been promised "priority seating" and "comparable seats" in this plush new ballpark. However, on Feb. 7, my excitement died!

My "comparable seats," I learned, were located by the right-field foul pole. My seats in Memorial Stadium were located two sections past first base and 20 rows up from the field. In the new stadium, I'm barely in the stadium! I've been moved an equivalent of six whole sections.

How do the Orioles call this comparable or even priority seating?

Charles A. Rice Fredericksburg, Va.

Good coverage on car races

Thank you! One year ago I sent The Sun a letter explaining how disappointed I was with its NASCAR/Winston Cup coverage. What a difference a year makes. Not only did The Sun carry Associated Press reports all week, Sandra McKee covered the race.

Stephen MacDonald

Reisterstown

More race coverage kudos

Kudos to The Sun for finally recognizing that there really is a huge following of motor sports in this community. The addition of Sandra McKee's articles in The Sun and The Evening Sun is certainly appreciated by all the devotees of the sport.

Lee Raskin

VP Porsche Club of America

Baltimore

Athletics is learning, too

As an English teacher and coach at one of Baltimore's suburban, independent high schools, I would like to applaud Coach Paul Holmes' response on Feb. 9 to a column written by John Eisenberg, which negatively commented on the Dunbar High School basketball team's travel this season.

Holmes hit the mark when he stated, "Every educator knows that education doesn't take place just in the classroom." Holmes further stated that the Dunbar players did much more during their travels than just play basketball.

Indisputably, classroom work is invaluable to a student's intellectual development, but it is not the only avenue of learning.

Timothy Holley Jr.

Head basketball coach, Gilman

Another vote for Dempsey

I believe Rick Dempsey is what the Orioles need. With Bob Melvin gone and a catching position open, who better to fill the spot than an experienced, proven, veteran of the sport.

With Chris Hoiles as the front-line catcher and Dempsey as his backup, the team has a combination of youth and experience.

Michelle Hastings

Towson

Dump Dick Vitale

Is it me, or does everyone secretly wish that Dick Vitale will get crushed by that giant Kentucky Fried Chicken Basketball?

Frank Locke Baltimore

Huskies are legitimate champs

In response to Tony Marshall's letter of Feb. 23, the University of Washington also clearly earned the national college football championship. As Mr. Marshall stated, you win the mythical national championship on what teams you beat. The Huskies played 12 games (including five against top 25 teams) and won every one of them. The same can be said of Miami. Miami and Washington were the only two teams in Division 1-A that could say that.

In the absence of a playoff system, the University of Washington can claim the national championship just as legitimately as Miami can.

Philip Michel

Gambrills

Another vote for Dempsey

I believe Rick Dempsey is what the Orioles need. With Bob Melvin gone and a catching position open, who better to fill the spot than an experienced, proven, veteran of the sport.

With Chris Hoiles as the front-line catcher and Dempsey as his backup, the team has a combination of youth and experience. Hoiles could learn many of the tricks of the trade from a man who has been around a long time.

Although Dempsey isn't a prospective Hall of Famer, he still has a lot to offer. Because of his personality he would be a great morale booster for the team and a public relations asset.

Another reason for retaining Dempsey would be the fact that he's at a point in his career when he's not worried about receiving the bulk of the playing time or haggling over money.

The final reason for keeping Dempsey, involves the idea of public relations, again. Everyone knows that in Baltimore, Dempsey is a favorite, a real crowd-pleaser. With a reputation like that, he could help bring even more fans to the new stadium.

! Michelle Hastings

Towson

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