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Letters

May 09, 1999

O's a disgrace on, off field

It is a shame what the once-proud Orioles organization has become under the ruinous mismanagement of Peter Angelos.

The game with Cuba last week was a perfect example. The Cubans played the game as it was meant to be played, while the Orioles showed an absolute lack of pride and desire.

The only thing worse than the performance on the field was the Orioles' performance off it. The comments by some players afterward were an absolute disgrace. To call a kid an "idiot" for being excited about a home run in a big-league park is beyond classless.

Not to mention the whining about missing an off day. These millionaires get four to five months off every year and are still crying about an extra day of work.

I am sure glad that Angelos has refused the pleas to put "Baltimore" on the front of the jerseys because the Orioles, as an organization, are a national laughingstock and a disgrace.

Players like Albert Belle, Delino DeShields and the next "rent-a-player" that Angelos brings in are the absolute epitome of the new Oriole way -- selfish losers.

Jeffrey Kern, Baltimore

O's are `overpaid misfits'

Orioles owner Peter Angelos has only one recourse before he starts to lose the fans in masses. That is to fire the entire team and get a fresh start.

This is not a team. It is a bunch of overpaid misfits. Any hidden talent has been lost in the shuffle. If I have to listen to one more post-game analysis by manager Ray Miller, I'm going to throw up. I just can't take it anymore.

At these ticket prices, the fans are going to realize very soon that they are being ripped off. Something big has to be done to justify our beautiful and expensive ballpark. It just can't be allowed to go to waste.

Walter Boyd, Lutherville

Kudos to the Cubans

Each of us should congratulate the Cuban all-star team for defeating the lackluster Orioles, 12-6.

The Cubans showed us how exciting America's pastime can be when it is played by athletes who are not millionaires.

Mel Tansill, Catonsville

Don't give up on the O's

I am sick and tired of people saying Davey Johnson was such a great manager. He had a great team that won games in spite of his calls. Anybody could have taken that team as far as he did and maybe even farther.

I wish fans would stop living in the past and start going forward with the team Peter Angelos has given to Baltimore.

I would like to say to all the true O's fans, let's stop all this negativity and rally around our guys. Mr. Angelos is doing a great job for us.

Maryann Pastore, Baltimore

Stand by your team

As the Orioles struggled to open the season, I was disappointed to see continuous mentions in The Sun about what should be done about the team.

Anyone who knows baseball knows that things tend to run in streaks. Sometimes that also means slumps. So the Orioles started the season in a slump. Does that mean it's time for Baltimore's fair-weather fans to rant and rave?

I realize Baltimore has been blessed with a baseball team that, more often than not, wins. That shouldn't mean that we can't handle it when they lose.

It's easy to be a fan when they're winning. The true fans are the ones that stand by their team even when it's struggling.

Ken Kessler, Baltimore

Crowded Derby a fiasco

The Kentucky Derby is supposed to be a race in which speed and stamina will prevail. And the best horse should win. But the best horse, many times, doesn't win the Derby because it isn't a horse race. The race becomes a stampede, a circus, a fiasco. And the Churchill Downs people don't care.

The race should include 12, maybe 14 horses at the most. Comments by the jockeys in this year's race indicated their frustration. Well, the worst is over. Now, it's on to Pimlico.

Pimlico may be an old facility that needs work, but the horsemen and their horses will be treated with dignity here. We will see a horse race in the Preakness.

Jay Wenderoth, Baltimore

Rosenthal keeps it interesting

I do not believe Ken Rosenthal will be leaving the sports pages anytime soon because his commentary makes for some interesting reading.

His fans may disagree with some of his remarks, but in the final analysis, Rosenthal continues to sell newspapers while earning the respect of his critics.

Edward R. Platt, Randallstown

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Pub Date: 5/09/99

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