No excuse for BelleHow can Albert Belle make $80,000 per...


July 11, 1999

No excuse for Belle

How can Albert Belle make $80,000 per game and behave so poorly?

I am no great fan of baseball, but these types of actions by highly overpaid professional athletes make my skin crawl. If I carried myself in my profession like Belle does in his, I would be jobless in less than a week.

As soon as it is possible to get rid of Belle, the Orioles' management should not waste a second in offering him the door.

Jim McFalls


How to cope with bad year

With respect to the 1999 major-league baseball season, an advance reality check sadly indicates that perhaps no team missed reaching its potential by as wide a margin as the Orioles.

No need to despair. By making some adjustments, Orioles fans can enjoy the rest of the season. Just as players modify betting stances or pitching deliveries, fans must also adjust their approach to the game. Accordingly, it's time for Orioles fans to adopt these three guidelines:

1. Relax your overall mental outlook toward the season. (Remember, the pressure is off.)

2. Ignore the American League standings. (This is very important.)

3. View each game as a "complete package," thereby savoring every victory as if it were a championship triumph.

From 1946 to 1971, this prescription was employed my me as an avid fan of the Washington Senators. I never knew any other way.

Alan D. Mason


Ravens' song out of tune

While the Ravens are busy with new team logos and new uniforms, etc., they should seriously consider a new fight song for the team.

According to John Modell, the present song took him only 15 minutes to compose, and it's obvious.

I suggest that since the Modells consider themselves "fan-friendly," they should be willing to let some of the musical talent in this town compose something suitable for an NFL team.

Surely, some one would manage to come up with something better than a tune that belongs on a merry-go-round.

Jeanette Roberts


Honor Stamenkovic

Ed Hale, please do all indoor soccer fans a just deed and retire No. 10 of the Baltimore Blast, with honor. This number should be forever dedicated by the Blast, to the great player, person and sportsman, the late Stan "The Magician" Stamenkovic. This true superstar gave Baltimore its last major championship before a sold-out crowd, and I don't think any current or future player could ever fulfill those lofty expectations.

Russell Voight

Hanover, Pa.

Players don't get it

Out-of-town relatives recently attended an Orioles game. They were of course, impressed with the ballpark. They were also surprised to hear that fans will be ejected from the park if they return a home run ball hit by the opposing team. It is apparently viewed as poor sportsmanship. (Next we will be thrown out for booing!)

Compare this policy with the way the team treats the players, who are paid large salaries. In return, they are expected to play a game they profess to love, for a public that is largely loyal and adoring.

Somehow, this just isn't enough. Reading a June 27 article by Joe Strauss, I was made aware that certain "disgruntled players" were vehemently opposed to playing an exhibition game against the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, N.Y. The players were apparently under the impression that they need not play this game since they had agreed to play in the home-and-away series against a Cuban all-star team.

Now, let me get this straight. The players are paid a huge salary to play a game they claim to love, for fans they claim to care about? Certainly the fans care about them. They continue to pay way too much to see way too little.

The players cannot understand why fans would be upset with their whining. What is worse, the players don't seem to make an effort to understand. Until fans just stop attending the games in droves, nothing will truly be addressed.

Donald Smith


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