'Stingy' fansJust where do we come off concluding that we...

LETTERS

September 04, 1994

'Stingy' fans

Just where do we come off concluding that we must side with either the owners or the players in the baseball strike?

Far from being greedy, they're both absolutely correct! It's the stingy, pleasure seeking fans who are downright unwilling to pay the proper freight for the privilege of being infinitely thrilled by baseball -- and all spectator sports.

Exactly why we want to deny professional athletes and/or their employers a barely decent living is miles beyond comprehension. When will we recognize the immeasurable delight attained by observing those chasing after balls -- and, ah yes, even at times, flubbing it?

The owners, too, show only the utmost concern for our parking, precious souvenirs, yummy eatings.

It's long past time for crybaby and ungrateful fans to wake up, realize the ecstasy and pry open their wallets. Thus, it's only fitting and fair that baseball substantially increase all prices so that both the players and owners can, at long last, obtain their due and just compensation for producing real joy in our hearts.

Joe Hock

Cockeysville

Power in fans' hands

I don't understand why so many people moan about the greedy baseball owners and players when all of the power is in their hands.

I haven't paid for a baseball ticket for five years. I must admit once or twice a year somebody gives me a few tickets but even than I take a bag full of munchies and a thermos. Am I cheap? No! I'm boycotting.

Just think about it. If enough people thought like me the owners couldn't afford the big salaries. The players could either walk or agree to a much smaller contract. If the players walk, bring up the young players from the minors. They would love the opportunity.

Once the players who walked out got a taste of "real life," they would come back begging to play for a fraction of their previous contract.

In either case concessions and ticket prices would come way down. Now, the owner who sees less money in baseball would sell the team to someone more worthy. Now everyone is happy and the greatest American pastime would be healthy again. You would probably even see me standing in line for a ticket.

John Polyniak

Lake Shore

CFL deserves support

The media, and particularly The Sun's Vito Stellino, are of the apparent opinion that the greatest thing Baltimore could have happen would be for an NFL franchise to relocate here, regardless of what it may cost us in dollars, pride or groveling.

It is equally apparent that the NFL Bob Irsay look-a-likes owners and commissioner do not care about tradition or what Baltimore contributed to the NFL stature and furthermore would be interested in Baltimore only to the extent of what it could milk Baltimore for.

We have got to understand and acknowledge, once and for all that the NFL doesn't want to be here. The CFL on the other hand needs, and more importantly, wants us and deserves our support.

I have been a Baltimore Colt fan since the old, now defunct All-America Football Conference. I couldn't care less about Washington or the other NFL teams with their obscenely overpaid players and greedy owners. I have seen both the Canadian and U.S. version of football and regardless of what others may feel about the level of talent in the two leagues, I find the Canadian version far more exiting, dynamic and exhilarating because it is prone to higher scoring.

Furthermore, the CFL is more sport than big business from the point of view of the player and the owner. The main problem I find with the NFL is that they don't remember where they came from or who helped them along the way. Therefore they may have problems in the future keeping their fans. The NFL monopoly needs to be broken, and the CFL wants an opportunity to prove that the Canadian version is a viable option. I, for one, have chosen Baltimore, the CFL and their brand of football.

Fred Tepper

Baltimore

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