Thanks from OhioTo all the football fans of Baltimore, my...

LETTERS

November 17, 1996

Thanks from Ohio

To all the football fans of Baltimore, my wife, Betty, and I would like to thank you for the way you treated us for the four days we were there. The seats we had were very bad, but we always sit in lousy seats. I'm sure in a few years you will be on top and the new fans will know what it is like to root for a Super Bowl team. We have visited 13 stadiums, and we would like to visit them all, but our age may not let it happen. This is my 26th year as a season-ticket holder, and I did have tickets to two

Super Bowls.

Of the trips I went on, to Seattle and Baltimore was by far the best. Good luck and hang in there. Your time will come. By the way, that was a lousy way to kill the clock at the end of the game. Bad coaching job.

John Demasters

Loveland, Ohio

Misses trainers' names

What wisdom has moved The Sun's sports editors to delete trainers' names from horse racing results? Regular followers of the sport consider this information both interesting and important. If you're trying to save space, you might cut out some of the mindless twaddle that your columnists seem coerced into churning out and publish the facts that many readers expect and find useful.

Phoebe Berman

Lutherville

We was robbed

It's one thing for the taxpayers of Maryland to be forced into funding the Irsayesque theft of an NFL team and building a private stadium for a millionaire, but couldn't we have at least stolen a good team? Watching the Ravens is like counting the loot after a bank heist and realizing the teller slipped you Monopoly money.

David Thompson

Baltimore

He'll miss Miller

What is baseball about? Is baseball about multi-millionaire spoiled athletes making a mockery of the idol status America's adoring public showers upon them? Or is baseball, first and foremost, an entertaining pastime that allows America's ordinary citizens to share in the competition and excitement of towering home runs, game-winning base hits, beautifully turned double plays, leaping catches, stolen bases and sliders that paint the black on the outer edge of the plate? I hope and believe it is the latter.

And in my world of baseball entertainment, who, over the past 14 years, besides Cal Ripken, has done more to bring that entertainment into the homes of thousands of Oriole fans? Who can make a home run seem almost more exciting on the radio than being at the game itself? Who can give insights which truly make you understand the fine points of the game? Who can bring your emotions to a feverish pitch with the excitement in his voice, or commiserate with you when things are going poorly? Who can regale you with baseball stories, or vocal impersonations, that keep you glued to the radio when the Orioles are down 5-0 in the seventh inning? Who is it that makes listening to baseball on the radio pure entertainment, the way it is supposed to be?

One man. Some of you may know him. His name is Jon Miller. He is the new voice of the San Francisco Giants. Come April, I'll have to see if my radio can pick up his station.

Alan Kuritzky

Rockville

Not a Miller fan

Neither my wife nor I was among the throngs crying and bemoaning the departure of Jon Miller. We found his voice too strident, his humor less than amusing and his apparent thrill when the other team homered somewhat annoying. Give us the resonance of a Chuck Thompson voice or the elegance of Vin Scully any time.

F. Lester Simon Jr.

Towson

Miller was overrated

Add me to the list of those who think Jon Miller was not all that great. Some of his attempts at banter and whimsy were pathetic. I've listened to baseball on the radio for over 60 years, and, as an old Cub fan, what really turned me off was when he called Kiki Cuyler "Keekee" Cuyler. Zscheesh! Ernie Harwell was probably the best.

Carlsten

Lutherville

Announcer isn't the game

The fuss and coverage of Jon Miller's termination as the Orioles radio announcer is, to recall a Shakespearian play, "Much Ado About Nothing."

I think Peter Angelos, as the owner, has the right to hire and/or fire his announcer. How many RBIs does an announcer contribute? What is his ERA?

The announcer's role should always be secondary -- too many people make it seem primary. I get sick of being overwhelmed by excess verbiage or trivia and watch telecasts with the sound turned off. A season consists of 162 games, none of which is influenced by an announcer. Forward march, Mr. Angelos, with an announcer of your choice -- then we can focus on the world's other problems.

William N. Sengstack

Laurel

Put Alexander at short

With all the talk of the Orioles' signing a shortstop and moving Cal Ripken to third, people are overlooking the fact that we may have a future Hall of Famer sitting on our bench. In his brief test last year, Manny Alexander displayed superior range and arm strength to Ripken. Only a bad case of nerves hindered his performance. If the Yankees did it with Derek Jeter, why can't we do it with Alexander? Let's build from within -- Manny's the man!

Ron Lewis

Sykesville

Duffner's not the one

I've been a Terrapin Club member for many years and have met Mark Duffner at numerous functions. He's a great guy. However, as a coach, he hasn't beaten a ranked team, has the nation's worst defense and one of the nation's worst offenses in his tenure. He has proven to be a great cheerleader; unfortunately "Rah, Rahs" don't always win games. It's times like these at Maryland that fans would love to see Bobby Ross or Jerry Claiborne back. We need a proven, big-name coach now!

Ed Delaha

Towson

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Pub Date: 11/17/96

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