Streak ends with class, styleA few comments about the end...


October 04, 1998

Streak ends with class, style

A few comments about the end of Cal Ripken's unbelievable streak of 2,632 consecutive games:

While I was sad to see the streak end, as were millions of other baseball fans, the time had come. Ripken ended it with class and style, as undoubtedly he does everything on the field and off. He is a true role model in a time when they are few and far between.

Is the end of the streak what it finally took to put the Orioles on the front page of the sports section? Countless times in the past few weeks, the coverage of our team has been relegated to the back pages. It is insulting to the Orioles and their fans to be pushed out of sight in the hometown newspaper because the season may not have turned out like we all had hoped.

Sun columnist Ken Rosenthal decides to jump on the Ripken bandwagon after years of calling for him to end the streak? Is he kidding? I almost laughed out loud when I read his comments on Sept. 21. He practically called for Cal to be sainted. In his column, he said, "Ripken could not control his teammates' jealousies." Uh, Ken, I think you meant that Ripken could not control the jealousies of petty sports columnists that covered him for the hometown newspaper.

That Rosenthal would have the audacity to sing Cal's praises now is a joke.

Julie A. Dreisch


Orioles at the crossroads

The Orioles' organization has been in decline since the mid-1980s, when it opted for aging veterans and started trading off its young prospects for a quick fix. I thought everyone had learned from George Steinbrenner's Yankees in the '80s that there is no quick fix. The most notable Orioles blunder was trading for Glenn Davis while giving away any future hope in Curt Schilling, Pete Harnisch and Steve Finley, all future All-Stars.

It appears Steinbrenner learned from his mistakes that it's baseball people and not business people that make for a winning team. And, yes, our rival Yankees this year reached 100 wins quickest of any team in history and broke the American League record for victories in a season.

The Orioles are at a very important crossroads with a lot of free agents and, for the first time in years, a strong crop of prospects in the farm system. What they do this off-season with the current free agents and what direction they take with some prospects will have implications that last for years.

Kurt K. Heimbach


Angelos has no clue

Peter Angelos, stop equivocating! Call a spade a spade! Your team performed dismally this year, and attempting to blame the Orioles' pitiful record on injuries is a disservice to the great fans in town.

You want a reason for this travesty of a season? Your hand-picked manager has no skill at motivating high-priced, fat-cat players. Moreover, Ray Miller's questionable moves backfired all year. Want another reason? You have no clue how to put together a winning team. Sure, you pay top dollar for the so-called stars of this league, but they are more interested in padding their own statistics and achieving wealth than winning ballgames. If you only knew how to spend your money wisely!

Finishing with a record below the .500 level is simply unacceptable. With any luck, you'll hire and rely upon a general manager who knows how to build a real team of motivated, hustling players who are more interested in winning than whining. Until that day comes, we are doomed to expect more of what transpired this year -- infrequent glimpses of greatness surrounded by long stretches of downright mediocrity.

Morton Marcus


McGwire, Sosa: class acts

Bud Selig should take a page from the book of former baseball commissioner Ford Frick and put an asterisk next to the home jTC run record. The footnote should read: "This record was accomplished with class and dignity beyond parallel by both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Furthermore, this attempt at the record has done more to return the game of baseball to the status of national pastime than any event in recent memory, with the exception of Cal Ripken's consecutive-games streak."

What makes the accomplishment all the more incredible is the way that McGwire and Sosa have taken what is undoubtedly the greatest individual record in baseball and have not in any way portrayed themselves as extraordinary individuals.

Their respect for the record and for Roger Maris, and their ability to make all baseball fans feel a part of this historic event, is atypical of the selfish athlete who is so prevalent in sports today, and is truly refreshing.

David Hughes


Call them the Indy Eleven

I'd like to suggest that all our local media -- print, radio and television -- avoid the phrase "Indianapolis Colts" the week before the Ravens-Colts game, the day of the game, and the day after the game.

"Colts" preceded by "Indianapolis" is demeaning to the Baltimore Colts' tradition, heritage and legend. And it is offensive to all of us who lived out those glory days. Surely, we would not lose anything if we happened to read or hear about the Indianapolis Eleven, the Indianapolis Team, the Guys from Indianapolis, etc.

Howard W. Miller Gettysburg, Pa.

Pub Date: 10/04/98

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