Missing Bill and JoeThanks to the Orioles front office, my...

LETTERS

January 17, 1993

Missing Bill and Joe

Thanks to the Orioles front office, my anticipation of spring training and the 1993 season have all but vanished.

They've removed my main enjoyments: Bill Ripken and Joe Orsulak.

Second base and right field won't be the same. Harold Reynolds at second base? No way.

You can bet I'll be cheering Bill and Joe at Camden Yards, no matter what team signs them.

Getting rid of Orsulak, who consistently led the Orioles in batting average and has one of the best throwing arms in baseball, really puzzles me.

Then to dump Bill, one of the stellar second baseman in the

league and a brilliant double-play mate to Cal, is beyond my comprehension.

The Orioles should be looking at the middle rotation, a backup at first base and the designated hitter slot. The Orioles lost the pennant race last season due to the breakdown in these areas, not second base and right field.

Shame on you, Roland Hemond -- I think you've hurt us more than helped us!

Janet M. Lennox

Glen Burnie

Limited replay

I think the NFL should consider an alternative to saying yes or no to instant replay. Since the owners and commissioner can't make a decision regarding this issue, they should compromise. Each team should have one "instant replay" timeout per half. In this manner, instant replay would not slow down the pace of the game as much as it does with unlimited instant replays. In addition, it would encourage coaches to save their instant replay timeouts for a truely questionable call. Finally, the use of instant replay will ensure fair play.

Chris Tipton

Baltimore

Earl would have fumed

What great news at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. What would have happened if Earl Weaver had been in the dugout, Don Stanhouse on the mound, bases loaded with Reggie Jackson at the plate and a 3-and-2 count? Sorry Earl, and to all smokers, put the cigarette out. Can't you read: "No Smoking"?

It's a great feeling knowing you can go to Camden Yards and get a breath of fresh air and watch the Orioles smoke one out of the Yards!

Frank J. Monaldi Sr.

Baltimore

Bee sharp, Baltimore

Before the Super Bowl is over and we all start thinking about the Orioles again, I'd like to bring up the subject of football in Baltimore -- especially since we may know very soon whether or not we'll be getting a team.

I'm already upset at the fact that Indianapolis will keep the Colts name for its team, even though teams like the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Cardinals make me laugh hysterically. I've always wondered why teams don't change their names when they move to another locale. San Francisco has the 49ers; why can't Robert Irsay change his team to the Indianapolis 500s?

Well, anyway, we all hope that Baltimore will get another NFL team, and that team will need a name. I've heard others with ideas like the Mustangs or the Bays, but I say let's break from the horse genre. Let's start over with a name that has nothing to do with the Colts. Let's not allow Irsay to bug us any longer. The name I propose is the Bees.

Now, bee-fore you snicker along with the rest of the herd, let me elaborate. Baltimore's flag (based on the Calvert family's emblem) is even striped like a bee. Why not display the colors on the jerseys as well? We could call them the B's for short, similar to the O's nickname. The old B&O warehouse would take on a new meaning. Our teams would be affectionately known as the "Birds and the Bees."

Imagine, 65,000 fans buzzing with excitement . . . watching Sting sing the national anthem at our first home game in our new stadium, nicknamed "the Hive" . . . our cheerleaders, the Honeybees, cheering for our swarming defense . . . as a sellout crowd eats honey-roasted peanuts and drinks a mug of bee-r . . . as our Killer Bees sting the Colts and send them hobbling back to Indianapolis.

I say, let's not choose a horse for a mascot. That makes us look like a bunch of Indianapolis wanna-bees. Let's be the Bees. To Bee or not to Bee, that is the question.

Jon T. Merryman

Chester

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