In defense of LewisIt is apparent from reading The Sun on...


August 11, 1996

In defense of Lewis

It is apparent from reading The Sun on Aug. 3 that neither Ken Rosenthal nor Milton Kent knows anything concerning the selection of relay members for the Olympic team.

First, only the first three places in the Olympic trials are guaranteed to be on the relay team -- the fourth can be picked from any member on the track.

Second, Erv Hunt told Carl Lewis long before the Olympic trials that if he reached the finals, he would be on the team. Lewis made the finals but after the race was told that he would not be on the 4 x 100-meter relay team.

Third, why should Lewis go early to practice relays when he has been told that he would not be on that team?

The main culprits in this controversy were Hunt and news people who seem to know nothing about track and have the nerve to hope he drops the baton.

Jim Brown


Tough policy drops the ball

My enthusiasm at attending the Ravens' first preseason game was stolen from me the same way the Colts were stolen from Baltimore.

After a missed field-goal attempt, the ball came spinning into the stands and I snatched it up. An usher immediately demanded I surrender the football or I would be taken out of the stadium and have my season tickets and PSL privileges revoked. In other NFL stadiums, fans are allowed to keep the football. Why can't the same thing be done at Memorial Stadium to help build fan support and loyalty? Whatever happened to "giving Baltimore the ball?"

Neil Cummins


Keep the caw

Let's hope Art Modell doesn't heed Mike Littwin's suggestion to squelch the raven caw. The caw symbolizes, in unmistakable Baltimore style to the nation, the loud, hard-won and clear victory of our town and its football faithful over the Irsays, Paul Tagliabue, Steve Sachs, Jack Kent Cooke, Cleveland mayor Michael White and the anti-stadium forces. Now that we have something to crow about, let's not be silenced. So, caw Baltimore, evermore!

Don DeLorenz


Angelos' moves didn't work

Peter Angelos came into this season determined to be a winner. He backed this with his wallet but, to date, has little to show for it. It seems that the Orioles could have done better without changing players and not be out millions.

Mr. Angelos, we do appreciate what you tried to do for the fans this year. It just has not worked. The chemistry is not there. We have in some way lost the Oriole way and the Oriole touch. We await your next move.

aymond D. Bahr


Palmeiro is boy's new hero

On May 29, a 6-year-old boy living in Baltimore was found to have a rare cancer.

This little boy admired Cal Ripken and wanted to meet him, even if it was just a "hello" and/or a handshake. Through a friend of a friend, the Orioles' PR people contacted Kevin's parents to arrange a meeting with Rafael Palmeiro on July 22, because, the PR people said, Ripken was "too busy" to meet him. You may have watched the story on WBAL early that evening. Kevin met Palmeiro, who took him into the dugout during batting practice.

Other players came up to greet Kevin -- Eddie Murray took time out on his first night back in Baltimore. As all this was going on, Ripken acted as if this child were not there. The Minnesota Twins came over to meet Kevin after seeing him sitting in the dugout, but not Ripken -- he was too occupied. Palmeiro was with Kevin the entire time.

Now, Kevin has a new hero and a night to remember. Hats off to Rafael Palmeiro for the kindness and devotion for children he showed on July 22. It will never be forgotten.

$Stanley and Pam Bartynski


Baines still going strong

It must finally be obvious to Peter Angelos and Pat Gillick what Orioles fans knew all along: Harold Baines is one of the premier hitters in baseball and probably will be for the next couple of years. With only 350 at-bats, he's on pace to hit near .300 with 25 home runs and 100 RBIs. He may be the toughest out in the majors, especially late in the game.

Baines is 36 and has knee trouble, but he has obviously been working out hard. He appears to be running fine and has more power now than he ever had.

Mark Lupean


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