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April 25, 1999

Ripken deserves support

I am writing in support of one of Baltimore's biggest heroes, Cal Ripken Jr.

My problem is that it seems Cal's "fans" are not as loyal to him as he is to them. Because he has had a rough start this season, many people are immediately questioning his abilities and referring to Cal being washed up.

How many seasons has he stayed with Baltimore when he could probably have made more money elsewhere? How much has he done for Maryland, Baltimore and his hometown, both personally and professionally?

Cal has been through a lot in the past couple of months. Let's give him the understanding, compassion and support that he most assuredly would give to any one of us. Let's show him we are not fair-weather fans, but are as loyal to him as he always has been to us.

Jane M. Usero

Ellicott City

Angelos doesn't get it

Has Peter Angelos gotten the message yet? Does he realize that buying free agents, trading away top prospects for aging bench players and filling vital field and organizational positions with unqualified people isn't the answer?

If he has the true interest of what's best for the Orioles and Baltimore, he would sell his stake of the team to his partners, move to Laurel, buy the Redskins and work his "magical genius" there.

Joe Neuheimer

Baltimore

Ravens' plans make no sense

It amazes me that the Ravens have lost or are changing at least seven starters on offense -- three of the five starting linemen are gone -- and yet traded away a second-round draft pick that could have filled one of the holes with a good player this year.

Trading away draft picks for other teams' castoffs is a stupid thing to do. The Ravens have made it a policy.

The Ravens should have traded some of their free agents a year ago, while they had value, if they didn't fit into the team's long-range plans. But the Ravens don't have long-range plans. All they know is how to charge top-dollar for an inferior product, and how to tell everybody how smart they are.

D. S. Bryant

Baltimore

Rosenthal `negative influence'

What is the story with Ken Rosenthal? Does he stay awake nights thinking of ways to knock the Orioles? Is it my imagination, or is everything he writes designed to foster bad blood between the team and the fans?

Even when there is no obvious disagreement, Rosenthal dreams up scenarios to create disharmony on the team, in the front office and among the fans. Why is that? Is there a sinister motive behind his blathering?

He's a constant, carping, half-witted negative influence, not only on the team, but on The Sun and the city of Baltimore.

Jerry Menapace

Bel Air

Gretzky retires with class

Wayne Gretzky has shown real class by deciding to bow out of the game while his skills are still not only competitive, but also a cut above his possible replacement.

His retirement, early and painful as it might be personally, should serve as an example to other former star athletes who attempt to continue their careers with skills diminished to the extent that they are replaceable.

Relying on a past record of greatness, these aging stars present a problem to the manager, afraid to replace this athlete because of fan displeasure, yet eager to allow a younger and promising player to occupy the position.

Nelson Marans

Silver Spring

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