O's fans reflect on matters dear to favorite teamIt was a...

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October 25, 1997

O's fans reflect on matters dear to favorite team

It was a sad commentary on fan support for the Orioles before Game Six at the league championships. To come out and say the fans in Baltimore are not like the fans in Cleveland because we are not as loud, in effect was holding the fans responsible for the lackluster baseball the O's were playing.

Well, the fans here aren't the same kind of fans that Cleveland has. We just can't scream that loud. But then, the O's aren't the same team as the Indians. The Indians are going to the World Series.

So team and fans end the season even, both looking forward to a fresh start next season.

Tom Wellein

Towson

I believe the lack of crowd noise at Camden Yards is due to simple acoustics.

If you stand in front of the stadium and look at it, you see the underside of the seating structures and the open-air walkways. There is no enclosing outer wall under the seats, as there is at Memorial Stadium or Yankee Stadium.

Any crowd noise in the stadium is therefore lost into the streets, rather than reverberated within like a huge band shell.

Being accustomed to Memorial Stadium, I immediately noticed the difference at the first exhibition game played at Camden Yards when it opened. You could pack the stands with 50,000 screaming maniacs and it still would be quieter than other ball parks.

So the silence is not just the fault of quiche-eating, cell phone-flipping fans. its also the fact of the quiche-eating, cell phone-flipping architects and Maryland Stadium Authority executives who approved the design and take all the credit from those who praise Camden Yards.

In this regard, I think they made an important design blunder that compromises the home-field advantage. I hope it is not repeated at the new football stadium.

Joey Carlsten

Baltimore

I appreciate the editorial in this past Sunday's edition of The Sun, ''Uniting behind the O's'' (Oct. 19).

I have been growing weary of the frequent negative comments by The Sun's sportswriters, especially Ken Rosenthal, as well as other columnists in your paper, e.g. Michael Olesker, about Oriole fans from the D.C. suburbs who attend games at Camden Yards. It's getting to the point where I'm starting to feel unwelcome in Oriole Park.

Even though I live in the D.C. suburbs, I buy Maryland-brewed craft beer and Esskay franks at the ballpark, not wine and cheese. I do not own a cell phone and if I did I would never bring it to the ballpark. And I do cheer for the O's.

We Marylanders who live in the D.C. suburbs support the Frederick Keys, the Bowie Baysox and, when we are there, the Delmarva Shorebids. I don't think anyone complains about our presence in these teams' ballparks.

I like to think that those minor league Oriole affiliates as well as the major league Orioles help bind the state together where everyone can take interest and delight in the success of the entire Orioles organization.

Considering the investment that all Marylanders have made in building and subsidizing Oriole Park, The Sun should not be denigrating Maryland citizens, or by inference, discouraging any segment of the state's population from attending games in Camden Yards.

Dick Becker

Silver Spring

I disagree with your editorial (''Uniting behind the O's,'' Oct. 19) that briefly mentioned and brushed off the need to have ''Baltimore'' on the Orioles' road uniform.

I disagree with your assertion that Peter G. Angelos is correct in marketing the Orioles to a broad region in this manner.

Currently, the Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies are the only major league teams not to have their city/state designation on their road uniforms.

I believe there is a significant factor of local pride when our team appears on television; and for fans like myself who attend out-of-town games, to see ''Baltimore'' displayed by our players representing our community throughout the nation makes us proud.

Your editorial board takes a viewpoint based on Madison Avenue concepts and you care nothing for the game of baseball or its fans.

Alex P. Gross

Owings Mills

I have been following baseball since my very first 1965 bus trip to Memorial Stadium as a Junior Oriole, sitting ever so proudly in the bleachers basking in the sun.

I remember everyone yelling and being so excited, when balls were hit and players were struck out . . .

I, like many other young people, received a packet for $2.50 to see 10 games at a most wondrous ballpark, watching (even though I did not realize then) some of the most incredible athletes to ever play the game of baseball.

They got their uniforms dirty, signed autographs, loved to play and enjoyed each other's company.

I think some of them (Boog Powell, Paul Blair) might have even played for free.

I never thought I would again witness a time when players kept you on the edge of your seat, when you hung on to the radio announcer's every word and you could not wait for the next game so you could cheer on your beloved Orioles.

We are all very lucky to have such a great team in Baltimore.

Denise Vansant

Towson

What a blessed relief that baseball, at least for Baltimore, is over for this year.

The amount of coverage that The Sun devoted to the playoffs is nothing short of an obscenity. Who reads that stuff?

It seems that there was not a section of the paper spared from having some space given over to the Orioles, as though having a daily special Orioles section was not enough.

In fact, in at least one day's paper, even the food section found a way to work the baseball team into an article.

One wonders how other businesses might fare, if given even a fraction of the newspaper coverage and support that the wealthy Peter Angelos team gets?

Even during the regular season the sports section contains more printed material on baseball than The Sun devotes to all of the day's international news.

No wonder Americans are so ignorant.

There is something terribly wrong here.

John S. White

Stewartstown, Pa.

Pub Date: 10/25/97

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