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LETTERS

September 12, 1993

Some players appreciate fans

Baseball, what would it be like without the fans? Recently, my family was among 45,000 fans to see the Brewers play the Orioles.

As a stepfather of a teen-age daughter who desperately wanted an autograph of Brady Anderson, we attempted to arrive at the stadium early. Due to unexpected delays in traffic, we were not able to accomplish this. As a last resort, we made another attempt to seek the much-sought-after autograph after the game. From our club-level seats, the only close-up of Brady was through the lens of her binoculars.

After the game, won by the Orioles, we made our way down to our parking place in the "A" lot, adjacent to the players parking area. After carrying her baseball glove and newly acquired baseball throughout the game, we noticed a small group of fans waiting at the top of the ramp for their favorite players, and maybe a chance to get an autograph. The small group of fans, about 100 or so, had waited more than 45 minutes.

Now, with midnight approaching, we were determined to get any player's autograph. What I did not expect was the players' reaction to the dwindling group of fans. They walked by the cheering fans, ignored them and went to their cars to leave. I was appalled. These players need the fans.

Then a ray of hope, Mike Devereaux came up the ramp, walked to his car, put his sports bag away, and went back to sign autographs. Finally, we thought, we could go home. As we turned to leave, Brady Anderson came up the ramp. We wondered if he would stop or if he would just keep going.

Well, the ball Mike and Brady signed has taken its rightful place among the thousands of other items in my daughter's bedroom. I, however will think twice about visiting a retail store when an Orioles player will be there signing autographs. Bring back the old players who appreciate the fans, like Boog, Brooks, Jim and others.

Ira S. Katz

Owings Mills I agree with the majority, that if and when we get the football franchise let's not call them Rhinos. It might sound fast, rough and tough, but so unattractive.

What city team has a better right to wear the American flag on its helmet? The red, white and blue is never out of fashion, and it stands for bloodshed, honor and courage. It is our banner always to be held high proudly. My vote is for the Star-Spangled Banners.

The "Baltimore Banners" -- say it a few times, and it grows on you. It sounds as tough and strong as Steelers, Clippers, Rangers.

B. L. Post

Timonium

Bulldogs get a vote

Now, I'm getting nervous. I thought by now someone would have come up with a great name for the football team that we have been longing for since the Colts left. Well, fans, Baltimore may very well be awarded the franchise, and tell me if I'm wrong, but not one of the names so far seems to be right for a football team. Most people don't like the name Rhinos. An Edgar Allan Poe connection is just not pro football. How about if we call them the Colts and crisscross a pair of 45s on the side of the helmets? Just kidding. Not politically correct.

We need a mascot that can be ferocious, fun, happy, sad, hungry, gloating and real. People love to root for the underdog, which is a common role for new franchises. Why not let the underdogs be dogs? Baltimore Bulldogs rolls off the tongue easily enough. I don't know what it's like in your neighborhoods, but the dogs in my neighborhood are more than a little upset about their lack of representation in the NFL.

Dogs are great mascots. We can start working and the fans can start looking forward to that time when the Baltimore Bulldogs beat the Indianapolis Colts. I can see the picture of the Bulldog in The Sun, licking its chops and gloating over an empty bowl with "Indianapolis" written on it. We could sell thousands of Baltimore Bulldog T-shirts. Just put "Let the Big Dog Eat" on one side and "Beat the Colts" on the other.

Fran Moloney

Catonsville

Night Mare of a name

Ever since the proposed name for the NFL football team that Baltimore is trying to get was published, everybody else had a better suggestion. I'm sure the telephone operator at the Merry-Go-Round headquarters can attest to that. And like everybody else, I have a better suggestion.

Because the most popular thing in the Baltimore sports world (next to the Orioles) is Robert Irsay bashing, my idea is just one big cut on Bob and what he did with the Colts in the middle of the night 10 years ago. Using a mascot of a running black horse, the team name would be the Baltimore Night Mares. I think this name would be well suited for Baltimore football -- the Colts literally ran out of town under the cover of darkness. Also, Baltimore football fans woke up that March morning and found out that their worst nightmare came true.

With this team name and mascot, it carries the one thing that every Baltimore sports fan can appreciate, an insult to Robert Irsay.

Eric Stambaugh

York, Pa.

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