Dear Stadium Doctor:
I've been meaning to send this letter for about three weeks.
While at a recent game, I was sitting on the first-base side and noticed the view of Eutaw Street, including the Bromo Seltzer Tower, became increasingly drab. Maybe the owner of the building should take a look at the older buildings in Manhattan, many of which have colored lights reflecting off their tops.
The Bromo Seltzer Tower adds to the atmosphere of Camden Yards and shouldn't be lost in the night.
Dear Chris Canning:
Thank you for your illuminating suggestion about the Bromo Seltzer Tower, which happens to be one of my favorite downtown landmarks, rivaling Stadium Doctor Birthplace and Museum and the site of a chance meeting several years ago between myself and weatherman Tom Tasselmyer.
I tried to find out whether the Bromo Seltzer Tower might be lighted up someday. Instead, I learned what a lot of people already know: A long time ago, there was a 51-foot high Bromo Seltzer bottle on the top of the building, that the bottle had 596 light bulbs attached to it and that it came down in 1936.
Don't count on seeing lights -- or the bottle -- come back any time soon. The city owns the building now. It hasn't spent a lot of
money lately on projects like this.
Dear Stadium Doctor:
The scoreboard at the new stadium seems to be very slow t respond to plays. Often times, a strike or an out takes up to a minute to be reflected on the board. Other times, it is instantaneous. Occasionally, the board seems to freeze up for a few minutes.
This makes viewing the game difficult. If you are distracted and miss something on the field you instinctively look to the scoreboard to fill in the gaps. This can't be done if you aren't sure the board is up to date.
Shouldn't bugs like this be worked out by now?
Dear Carol Frigo:
Generally, I don't like to point out other people's mistakes, fearing someone might recall the time I incorrectly reported the middle initial of Maryland Stadium Authority chairman Herbert J. Belgrad.
But I talked to the people who punch the buttons in the Orioles scoreboard. They agreed that things aren't going perfectly yet. They said the big reason is that the new board is maybe the most sophisicated -- and the most complicated to operate -- of any in the major leagues.
The best advice I could give you for the next few months is to wait a couple of seconds after each pitch before looking at the scoreboard. During this short break, you might try guessing how many tens of millions of dollars the Orioles will make this year. This will be a fun family game and will give the operators the extra time they may need.