Unwanted line at club levelAs a club season ticket holder...

LETTERS

April 19, 1992

Unwanted line at club level

As a club season ticket holder of the Orioles, I was very excited to be a part of the new ballpark on Opening Day. There is no doubt that this is an exceptional facility.

However, many of the club seat ticket holders were very distressed. The most expensive seats at Oriole Park at Camden Yards have a bright, shining steel cable running directly in front of your eyes.

Everything that you look at has a line running across it. The cable runs from the backstop at home plate down the entire length of the foul line on both sides of the field. By the end of the game, you feel like you are wearing bifocal glasses.

Nearly every club seat (ours is at first base) and skybox is affected.

Once the euphoria of Opening Day has subsided, I hope that someone on the Orioles sits down in the club area and realizes that this unnecessary cable detracts greatly from the enjoyment of the game for all.

I keep hearing about the great design and atmosphere at Oriole Park. All I can say to club section customers is open your eyes, your screen needs adjustment.

Roland Davis

Alexandria, Va.

Help the homeless, not Cal

In response to Ken Flahaven's letter of April 12 that stated we should have a scratch-off instant game to keep Cal Ripken Jr. here.

Hogwash! It would be more beneficial to the city and state to have a new scratch-off game to benefit the homeless and jobless.

If Cal wants to stay here, he will. The fans pay enough to support these overpaid players as it is.

Denny Croghan

Baltimore

Knocking wrong player

I am not an indoor soccer fan. However, I did read where a Blast fan called Domenic Mobilio mediocre at best. Among his complaints was that "he scores because he is in the right place at the right time." I'm confused. I thought that an athlete with that kind of talent would be worth his weight in gold, particularly in this day and age.

William A. Ellis

Baltimore

Blast virtually ignored

I am writing in regard to the coverage on our Baltimore Blast soccer team. I know right now all the hype is Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (I happen to enjoy that also), but this is only the beginning of the season. We, the soccer fans and the team, have just gone through a very trying season, and the Blast is in the playoffs. It is very important to the 12,000-plus fans to see coverage on this fact. We appreciate the coverage we have gotten through the season, but to put the playoff article on page seven is a little disturbing. I hope, now that baseball Opening Day is past, that we might be able to read about the MSL playoff games; after all, you are our lifeline to San Diego, Dallas and Cleveland. . . . We support you. How about some

reciprocity?

Judy Martin

Glen Burnie

Blast's miracle downplayed

I was hoping you could help me understand how a Baltimore sports team such as the Blast could succeed in making the MSL playoffs but not make the headlines in your paper? Two weeks ago, the Blast stood a snowball's chance in hell of making the playoffs, but through lots of hard work and almost sellout crowds, it was proven that miracles can happen. But the real test of a miracle would be to see the Blast on the first page of the sports section instead of being placed after the last-place Baltimore Skipjacks, who draw only about one-third of the average Blast attendance. It would seem to me, knowing the lack of professional sports in Maryland, that you would be proud when a Baltimore-based team works its way into the playoffs.

Eve M. Weber

Joyce M. Kucharski

Baltimore

Olson not the answer

I'm writing this letter in reference to the very poor performance of Gregg Olson. Once again, he blows an easy save situation in Toronto. Each year I think that he will get better, but it's the same result -- blown saves. Even his new look with his beard doesn't help his pitching.

I believe that his days in Baltimore are numbered. What ever happened to the good old days when the reliable Orioles relief pitchers got the job done -- Tippy Martinez, Don Stanhouse and Tim Stoddard?

Kevin Grace

Baltimore

Reprinting programs is wrong

The Orioles decision to print 50,000 additional Opening Day programs sets a bad precedent. Team officials should have known that hoarding of programs would occur without the imposition of a per-person limit. The sale of additional programs still won't guarantee that Opening Day fans get one (and only fans present on Opening Day should be entitled to purchase that official souvenir program; fans who were there know that if you arrived early enough, or waited in line long enough, you probably got a program -- they weren't all sold out by 12:30 p.m. as some radio reports stated. People were buying programs up until game time).

It seems to me that the Orioles couldn't resist making an additional $150,000 while at the same time drawing additional fans to the April 8th and 9th games with the enticement of still being able to purchase an "Official 1992 Opening Day Program." I only wonder why they cut off the "limited edition" at 100,000. Why not a million? And why stop with the program? Why not produce Opening Day baseballs, pennants, buttons, etc. for the fans unable to purchase them, also because of hoarding? Michael Peterson

Glen Burnie

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