Harbaugh is a class actIn a time when many stories about...

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October 18, 1998

Harbaugh is a class act

In a time when many stories about professional athletes dwell on negative behavior, it is nice to see the opposite firsthand.

Recently, Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh was at the Arbutus A.A. youth football program's homecoming, watching his son play for the Reisterstown Mustangs. After the game, he came to the announcer's tent and spoke a few words, signed a few items to be auctioned for the benefit of the youth football program, then stayed until everyone that wished had obtained an autograph and/or picture with him.

Harbaugh took his personal time to do this (without charging a fee like some) and made everyone feel special. It is nice to see what a truly class individual Harbaugh is (especially at a time when the circumstances are not all going his way on the field) and what an effect he had on all the children and adults that encountered him.

Tony Carroll

Baltimore

Yankees are a team to hate

This is the last straw! Two years ago, Sun columnist Ken Rosenthal wrote that "everywhere except Baltimore, people were rooting for the Yankees." How does he know? Now, fellow columnist John Eisenberg writes that we shouldn't hate the Yankees and that he's pulling for them to go to the World Series.

I've been an Orioles fan since I was old enough to know what baseball was. I have had more than 40 years of healthy dislike that has developed into full-fledged hatred for the Yankees' pinstripes, fans, owner and more than a few players. I even hate that stupid Frank Sinatra song. When their human garbage came to Camden Yards in 1996 and acted like idiots, where was Eisenberg?

We have to listen to an ex-Yankee on HTS in Rick Cerrone, and radio play-by-play man Jim Hunter grew up a Yankees fan. Where does this end? I will continue to hate everything about the Yankees. And I don't need John Eisenberg to tell me different.

Jim Kirby

Columbia

O's a major disappointment

Another baseball year has come and gone. For Orioles fans, the disappointment rivals the debacle of the 1988 Orioles, who lost 21 straight games to start the season.

Perhaps it's more than coincidence that Davey Johnson never had a losing season as a manager, and Ray Miller has never had a major-league winning season. Maybe Leo Durocher was right when he said, "Nice guys finish last." In Miller's case, next-to-last.

Championship teams have a winning team mentality that starts with manager/general manager teamwork. Once you have that combination in place, they get total responsibility for all aspects of the baseball operation.

Owner Peter Angelos should note that, unlike dealing with asbestos clients, dealing with greedy agents and prima-donna players is a field unto itself. George Steinbrenner learned this lesson after great pain. The New York Yankees' results of the last few seasons speak for themselves.

Rollie Hahn

Fort Myers, Fla.

Sit down -- permanently

On Sept. 20, 1998, the Orioles' Cal Ripken announced that The Streak had ended.

Hopefully, sometime this month, he will announce his overdue retirement from baseball.

John C. Zaruba

Baltimore

Soccer coverage 'pathetic'

Although I don't have a subscription to The Sun, I have been keeping an eye on the sports section. I must say that your LTC coverage of Major League Soccer and soccer in general is pathetic.

It amazes me that The Sun is just a few miles up the road from Washington, D.C., and has completely ignored D.C. United, which is currently looking to win its third straight league championship.

I fear that the Baltimore Blast and the Maryland Mania, a new A-league team, also will suffer from lousy coverage. I will continue to pick up the Washington Post and USA Today instead my hometown paper until I see some regular and continuing coverage of the MLS and U.S. soccer.

Steve Allen

Annapolis

Pub Date: 10/18/98

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