Declining baseball valuesReferring to Peter Schmuck's...

LETTERS

July 05, 1992

Declining baseball values

Referring to Peter Schmuck's column on Tim Leary (June 28) and Monday's comments from AL boss Bobby Brown, the

bottom line is that Leary cheated. Using words such as "allegedly," "suspicious" and "if Leary was cheating" (as Schmuck used twice in his column) is ludicrous. Telling it like it is (as an entire nation saw the game) shouldn't be libel. By his own actions, Leary defamed his character.

The country's pastime, its ruling body and reportage are indicative of America itself: no responsibility or penalty given for one's actions. All that matters is what one can get away with. Anarchy rules.

bTC To date, Leary has received no punishment. By failing to act swiftly and accordingly, Major League Baseball does not deter other pitchers from cheating and injuring promising players such as Chris Hoiles. The scuffed balls and -- more irrefutably -- the videotape stare the AL hierarchy in its pathetic face, but still no justice is served.

When one is as talentless as Leary is (9-19 in 1990; 4-10, 6.49 ERA in 1991), the player needs to cheat to remain employed. Further enhancing Leary's low character is the load of lies in his post-game comments. Leary must think we're as dumb as he is. He should be grateful he's no longer in the NL. If he were, he'd be receiving a 95-mph fastball directed at his stupid, ignorant head. That's baseball.

Thomas Mason

Baltimore

Sellout blues

Hurrah for the Orioles of 1992! Having just moved back to Baltimore after two years' absence, I am delighted to listen to and watch the games on radio and television. However, I am annoyed and disgusted with the unavailability of tickets to the games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. When I moved from a large Northeastern city back to Baltimore, I expected to leave problems like these behind.

The causes, as any Orioles fan knows, are several. First, a lot of people are curious to see into what a huge chunk of our state's money has been poured. Second, in Baltimore's haste to compete with Washington, stadium officials chose to build closer to D.C. so that its residents would find it easier to attend Orioles games. Both of these are understandable and somewhat acceptable causes for ticket scarcity.

However, that, to me, is not what Baltimore and the Orioles are all about. Baltimore is a big "small town," and the O's are a hometown

team. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with its skyline, gourmet food, playground for the little ones and light rail, excludes the "volk," the regular people of Baltimore. When am I ever going to contact a ticket broker to go to the ballgame? Where would Wild Bill Hagy fit into this ballpark? Who can afford to pay outrageous ticket, food and beer prices?

Sure, the stadium has put Baltimore onto the map, so to speak, of major-league stadiums. It's an authentic, old-style reproduction. But we forget . . . we already had an old stadium, a real one, where you could arrive the night of the game, buy a ticket and watch the game. Give me back my warm beer in its waxy, melted cup, Memorial Stadium and honest-to-goodness Orioles baseball.

Kathryn T. Jenkins

Baltimore

Scalped

Ticket scalping! It's against the law, and people get arrested for doing it. But your paper recently had, right on the front page, a story about ticket scalping.

I'm sorry, I guess if it's done outside city limits and done by brokers instead of individuals, it's legal!

The article states a certain broker is scalping $13 seats for $85. (Note I said scalping and not selling.) How can anybody let this happen? I can't believe anybody would be stupid enough to buy them, but I guess I'm wrong. With a new park and knowing fans would come out in record numbers, the Orioles shouldn't need to sell tickets to brokers.

The Orioles say there is nothing they can do about it, but I say with enough fan support and the help of our elected politicians, ++ we could stop the scalping by brokers. If we could do this, the average fans who have supported the Orioles over the (recently not so good) years could do so again for the prices set by the Orioles.

Rick McDonald

Baltimore

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