Major leagues an out with readers

April 12, 1995

The Orioles sold 25,000 tickets the day after the baseball strike ended. Now for an opposing view.

In Sunday's editions of The Sun, readers were asked whether they have lost interest in major-league baseball and plan to attend fewer Orioles games because of the 7 1/2 -month strike. The vote was 294-96 against the majors.

Joe Lamm of Owings Mills spoke for many callers.

"I used to go to 50 to 60 games at Camden Yards, but I've decided to cut back drastically," he said. "I might go to two or three games this year and maybe five or so next year, but I'm going to start going to minor-league games and exploring other options for my entertainment dollar."

Alen Brown of Towson said he wasn't swayed by Orioles owner Peter Angelos' position against replacement players.

"I certainly appreciate Angelos' stand, but he's no saint," he said. "None of the owners are and none of the players are, and it'll be a long time before I go back to another baseball game."

Said Betty Frantz of Timonium: "I'm not interested in the way baseball is anymore. I think it was greed. I think it was lack of commitment to the fans. It is the fans who have made the teams by the number they have peddled into the stadiums."

That doesn't mean Frantz won't be watching at all. She said she will take a rather morbid view of baseball.

"The only interest I have is with the short spring season," she said. "I can't wait to see how many of them are injured playing the game."

Even those who were turned off by baseball's work stoppage acknowledge not everyone shares their outrage.

"I look forward to a story in your newspaper that says baseball opened yesterday and no one came," said Paul Kinnear of Abingdon. "I don't think I'll ever see that."

And then there was the caller who left no name -- for obvious reasons -- but who would seem to come down solidly in the camp of people glad to see major-leaguers go back to work.

"I do the same thing as the Orioles do, making a business out of it," the caller said. "I sell my tickets for double the amount and make a profit, and I couldn't give a darn if I would ever go to another game again."

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