Cal worth more than peanutsI can't attend Orioles games...

LETTERS

July 26, 1992

Cal worth more than peanuts

I can't attend Orioles games because I'm not a multimillionaire like Orioles owner Eli Jacobs and a disability prevents me from "enjoying" standing-room-only $3 "bargain" prices. I'm so thrilled making oodles of money at Camden Yards and that, according to the June 28 edition of The Sun, his asking price is a paltry $200 million.

Fifteen or 17 straight sellouts is great for showing Baltimore's support for sports, especially to the NFL; however, how many sellouts will there be in 1993 when Cal Ripken is playing for another team?

The old saying "you get what you pay for" is certainly applicable in Cal Ripken's case. Look what he's done for the team, for Baltimore, for Maryland and for baseball. Sure $35 million isn't peanuts. Every night at Camden Yards is a party, but if nobody attends what kind of a party exists or should it be called a "wake"?

Shouldn't Cal be revered by management as were Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer? During the past 10 years, Cal's accomplishments will earn him consideration in Cooperstown, so why quibble over a few bucks?

Harry I. Kleiman

Owings Mills I enthusiastically attended my first baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 6, as the Orioles played host to Minnesota. Being a stonemason, I appreciated the wonderful brick arches that give the park its majestic entrance. I compliment HOK architects on their meticulous research and ultimate selection of the appropriate brick, restoration of the Camden warehouse, and the many details enhancing the ballpark's intimacy.

While the stadium possesses many qualities, a disturbing design flow exists. Unfortunately, many seats on the third- and first-base sides force the fans to position them selves awkwardly to face the home-plate area. The HOK designers and Maryland Stadium Authority failed to remedy this problem in the planning stage.

As Camden Yards has set a precedent for future ballparks in Cleveland, Milwaukee and Texas, one would expect that a rudimentary detail of properly aligned seats be followed. It's interesting that air-conditioned club-level seating, plush player clubhouses, and Gucci food have priority over the average fan viewing the game comfortably.

The design flaw will eventually become more of an eyesore to Baltimore as architects, hopefully, have the foresight to realign these seats in new ballparks. Otherwise, these cities also will see a new item on the souvenir stand -- neck braces.

Doug Lombardi

Phoenix, Md.

A slice of the pie?

I, too, read the article on the brokers who are making a $72 profit on $13 tickets to an Oriole game. And yes, that is scalping!

With a new park, the Orioles should have realized record crowds were inevitable. That is why I can't understand how the Orioles could have sold these tickets to brokers. After all, there are ticket offices located throughout Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Pennsylvania that make purchasing a ticket quite easy.

Some families wish they could have $72 legally!

Didn't the Orioles even think about the crowds which are and will be attending in record numbers, or are they getting a little piece of that $72 pie?

Carol Swec

Baltimore

Over and out

The keyword to this assessment is over.

Over to Houston went young Harnish and Finley;

Over to Baltimore came Mr. Glenn Davis;

Over with Davis came all his aches and pains;

Over with Davis came his injury that was the contributing cause of his trade. So now we have Glenn Davis:

Overrated

Overpaid

Over the hill.

Patricia Bramble

Madison

We love Chuck

I will be so glad when you get rid of Jon Miller and Brooks Robinson as announcers on either radio or TV. Simply because they talk about too many other things instead of announcing the game. Jon will mention something to Brooks and instead of Brooks answering briefly, he goes on and on and on for a good minute and we will be waiting for the end to come. I thought it was just me, feeling this way, but after talking with so many of my friends, they said the same thing. We love to hear Chuck. He is a beautiful announcer.

Mrs. Fields

Bradshaw I was dismayed to read Clarence Miller's comments on Jon Miller. I think Jon Miller is great! He gives new meaning to the term "color commentary" with his wit and knowledge. If Clarence Miller wants someone to spout statistics and mundane drool, have him call the MVA's computerized information system.

Rick Kaline

Baltimore

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