Angelos just doesn't get itPeter Angelos either ought to...


June 13, 1999

Angelos just doesn't get it

Peter Angelos either ought to divest himself of the Orioles' operation or pay attention to us Orioles fans who ultimately pay the salaries of prima donna Albert Belle and others of his ilk.

Can't the owner get the message that we fans have had it? Compare 1999 home sellouts with past years' attendance since he became majority owner. Promotions don't bring in fans -- team play does. As long as he lets Belle act as an individual rather than perform as a member of this team, we can forget about contending for anything.

Angelos has shackled manager Ray Miller's on-the-field maneuvers -- in 1998 Angelos supported Roberto Alomar despite his dismal play, and he's supporting Belle this year.

Angelos wanted Belle because he feared the New York Yankees would get the league's so-called "most feared hitter." Hitter of what? Trash cans?

Angelos will never prove to me that Belle is worth 13 times the annual salary earned by Eastern Shore standout Harold Baines or former local hero Eric Davis, whom the team refused to re-sign after 1998.

Harry I. Kleiman

Owings Mills

D.C. backlash hurts O's

Jon Morgan's story on the decline of the Orioles' attendance (June 4) was good, but I think that it fails to recognize that another factor may be Washington, D.C./northern Virginia backlash over Peter Angelos' attempt to block the relocation of a National League team to that area.

For example, I'm a northern Virginia resident and I traditionally would go to several Orioles games a year. This year I am going to only one, and that's only because my son is such an Orioles fan.

I have no intention of supporting any owner opposed to having baseball return to Washington. I know there are others who feel the same way.

William Casano

Alexandria, Va.

`Craziest show in baseball'

Come one, come all, to the craziest show in baseball.

And Peter Angelos, since you are the ringleader of this disorganized organization, why don't you do the following:

1. Admit you know absolutely zero about running a major-league baseball team. 2. Ask the fans to please be patient. 3. Reorganize. 4. And most of all, stay away -- please!

Johnny Boychick


New job for Rosenthal?

We have, here in our midst, the most astute judge of baseball talent known to the sports world. He is, admittedly, an expert in the administration of sports operations. He can, without doubt, handle day-to-day management of a baseball team.

The Orioles could in effect, downsize by using him as manager, general manager and director of minor-league operations, and assure themselves a World Series championship.

He is presently wasting this monumental capability writing columns for The Sun.

The Sun could still avail itself of Ken Rosenthal's prose in the off-season in those sports in which his expertise is not of such heroic proportions.

Harold E. Lacey


Ravens' preseason folly

The Ravens have announced that their final preseason game this year will be played on Friday, Sept. 3, at noon at PSINet Stadium. How much thought went into this decision? The last time I checked, that date is a working day for the vast majority of Ravens fans. Also, if I'm not mistaken, it is a school day.

Ravens vice president Kevin Byrne said that many of the ticket holders would be headed for the beach for that weekend, so they would have a better chance to watch the game by scheduling it at the date and time previously mentioned.

I have several issues with this line of thinking. Because it is a work day, I will not be attending the game. In my case, this represents $110, or 10 percent of my season-ticket package going to waste. Even if I decided to attend the glorified scrimmage, it would mean giving up a day's pay to do so.

Add in the price of parking and concessions, and the price of watching the competition for the last roster spots gets outrageous. Do the Ravens realize that because it is a work day, parking will be at a minimum?

Also, the game will end at about 3: 15 p.m., so stadium traffic will combine with rush-hour traffic and holiday traffic to create absolute gridlock throughout downtown and the interstate highway system. I guess they didn't think of that!

Charging full price to view a scrimmage is obscene. Scheduling the game in the middle of a weekday is an experiment that would have been better left on the drawing board.

A. J. Hart


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