Embarrassment on 33rd Street
Last Sunday's Ravens game was something right out of "West Side Story." The Pittsburgh Gang invaded our turf and we surrendered it. We let ourselves get beat up by the bully next door. I'm not talking about the Ravens; I'm talking about Ravens fans.
There I am, sitting in Section 1, Seat 1 with my season tickets trying to root for my team. Unfortunately, the majority of the season-ticket holders that sit near me decided to make a buck. They sold their tickets to Steelers fans who were only too happy to torment me and other Ravens fans all afternoon.
It's bad enough to hear Yankees fans in Camden Yards; at least the Orioles fans put up a fight and win. I thought Baltimore wanted football and all that comes with it. I was shocked and disappointed at the lack of support from Ravens fans. We couldn't drown out the Steelers fans. In short, Ravens fans were pathetic.
When our stadium is overrun by the bully next door, something must be done. This would have never happened in Cleveland. I always thought we deserved to get a football team. After what happened Sunday, I'm not so sure anymore.
A terrible day
An open letter to Art Modell:
Did seeing all the terrible towels at last Sunday's game bother you? It did me, too. Did watching the Ravens give away another game bother you? It did me, too. Does watching the Ravens play Teddy Conservative football in the second half bother you? It did me, too. Did watching Vinny Testaverde choke once again bother you? It did me, too. Does the thought cross your mind that the loss to the Steelers may have broken the team for the year? It did me, too.
Players can play, but only winners can win. Ted Marchibroda has never won a big game and we all know that Vinny has the ghost of the past haunting him forever. Pull the plug on them now before there is no me, too, only you and all the towels you want from the visiting teams.
Booing of Matthews unfair
As I read the article on Oct. 6 about Orioles reliever Terry Matthews, I felt terrible for him. His "uneven appearance" had nothing to do with the reason people booed him before he even threw a pitch Oct. 4 against the Seattle Mariners. The booing had to do with the fact that Matthews has not been as effective a relief pitcher as we wish he were. We were frustrated with his pitching.
I am sure he isn't very happy with his performances of late, either. For most of the second half of the season, Matthews was in a slump. He did not deserve to get booed before he pitched,
only after he gave up the two runs.
'Fans' sink to new low
My family and I were watching the Orioles play in Seattle the night the Mariners' relief pitcher was booed. We commented on how sad and counterproductive that was for the pitcher and the team. Then, what happens on Oct. 4? Terry Matthews gets far worse from the 45,000-plus "fans," who obviously have no faults of their own.
Who could go out and pitch under those circumstances at his own ballpark? If he had been given encouragement and support, the game might have turned out differently. No matter, though, the Orioles won the series and the city made one more night's profit.
But one man was unfairly hurt and demoralized, and if you look back at the season, he did a lot for his club. I hope that while our team is playing in the World Series, in front of a national audience, the Orioles fans and our city can come across in a much better light than it did that night. And I also hope Terry Matthews will be a happy part of it.
Catcher cam out of focus
I can't be the only sports fan who has a problem with the catcher cam or the jockey cam and their wobbly, fuzzy pictures. It's like watching under water and feeling the need for seasick pills or calling the TV repairman.
I sincerely hope the pitchers continue to protest. I take issue with Milton Kent's calling their protesting "thumbing their noses at technology." Remember, Mr. Kent, there is good and bad technology.
Md. horse magazine missed
Failure by important segments of Maryland's racing industry to communicate and work together has again proven detrimental to current efforts to save the sport of thoroughbred racing in our state.
At a recent meeting of the special legislative committee, appointed by Gov. Glendening and the General Assembly, to look for ways to improve the financial health of the Maryland horse racing industry, two suggestions were made as follows:
"Increasing track marketing and advertising, promoting the human and equine stars, staging non-racing horses and pony-related activities at the track." Another suggestion was to "promote the sport of racing and the beautiful horses instead of the wagering aspects."