Dear Stadium Doctor:Why doesn't the new stadium erect a...

Stadium Doctor

May 03, 1992

Dear Stadium Doctor:

Why doesn't the new stadium erect a few electronic signs, visible from each of the streets surrounding the stadium, showing the inning and score of the game in progress? This would allow people to see the score as they pass by and downtown workers -- or anyone who passes by -- to follow the Orioles season more easily.

Michael Jenkins

Baltimore

Dear Michael Jenkins:

There are several answers for the question you raise. Naturally, I didn't know any of them. After checking out this topic thoroughly, it is my unhappy duty to inform you that there won't be an electronic sign outside the ballpark either (a) for a long time or (b) ever.

The Maryland Stadium Authority did consider ordering a huge, three-sided flashing sign that would have been located outside the ballpark near Russell Street. It cost almost $500,000. According to sources, the authority decided that was a lot for a sign and changed its plans. The sign idea could be revived if the football stadium is built.

Dear Stadium Doctor:

I would like to voice the slightest complaint. Frequently, during the game, my cousin notifies me that his seat -- upper box, section 356 -- is somewhat loose, requiring, undoubtedly, little more than a few more turns of the screw. Could you please notify the proper authorities in order to shut up my cousin and allow me to better enjoy watchin' the O's?

P.S. -- Is there any truth to the rumor that you and Dr. Paul Eicholtz will be opening a practice together after the '92 season?

Donald E. Grove Jr.

Salisbury

Dear Donald E. Grove Jr.:

This is one of those rare occasions when I helped somebody. Immediately upon receiving your letter, I was in touch with Maryland Stadium Authority executive director Bruce Hoffman. He says your cousin's seat is fixed, or will be soon.

Re: P.S. Paul Eicholtz, a sometimes technician on Orioles radio ,, broadcasts, and the Stadium Doctor have worked together only once, appearing in a 1988 episode of "General Hospital," in which Dr. Hardy treats a patient who becomes upset because her morning paper did not contain West Coast scores. We have no future plans.

Dear Stadium Doctor:

Are the practice tunnels for the home team only? Would they use them during a game to warm up a late-inning fielding replacement or pinch hitter?

Dave Berger

Park Forest, Ill.

Dear Dave Berger:

First of all, I would like to point out how gratifying it is to receive an out-of-state letter, and to inform you that the Stadium Doctor's syndicated column now appears in 36 newspapers throughout the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, birthplace of Bert Blyleven.

To your questions: The ballpark is equipped with two practice tunnels, both located behind the Orioles dugout. Before games, the tunnels are available to players from both teams, though it's recommended that visiting team players call ahead for reservations. The tunnels are used during games, but only by Orioles players.

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