Bring back `Baltimore' I was disappointed that The Sun...

LETTERS

June 04, 2000

Bring back `Baltimore'

I was disappointed that The Sun sports section didn't have a photograph showing the front of the uniforms the Orioles wore in their game against Tampa Bay last Monday.

The baggy pants and high socks were very fashionable, but the most important change was on the front of the uniforms. Instead of "Orioles" was the word "Baltimore," underlined, which I believe most Orioles fans would love to see returned to the road uniforms.

Other teams, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, proudly display their city name on their away uniforms. Isn't it time the Orioles demonstrate their pride in being from Baltimore?

Charles Shubow

Owings Mills

It's the pitching, stupid

As of May 27, the Orioles had a higher batting average, slugging percentage and fielding average than the New York Yankees. Additionally, the average age of the Orioles' players is less than a year more than the Yankees'.

If you eliminated the two graybeards, Cal Ripken and Harold Baines, the average age of the teams would be quite similar. So what, one may ask, is the difference in the recent success of the teams?

Well, when your pitching staff has given up 71 more runs and its ERA is 1.65 runs higher, it's apparent that the problem is pitching and not the age of the team.

At this rate, you could have a 21-year-old, .315-hitting Gold Glover at every position and still struggle to play .500 ball.

The self-anointed, astute general mangers (sportswriters and talk-show hosts) calling for the breakup of the team should remember that pitching is 95 percent of the game.

Rick Marcel

Baltimore

`We all make sacrifices'

Ken Rosenthal wrote a nice column last week on what happens to players' families when they are traded. As compassionate as I feel for B. J. Surhoff's and Will Clark's plight, however, I realize that not only is it a part of the game, it is a part of life.

Remembering that Memorial Day weekend just passed, ask the people who are serving or have served our country what life is like.

My dad was in the service for 20 years. We moved every two years and once moved four times in one year. And, by the way, he wasn't making millions of dollars a year to make these concessions. In fact, much as it is today, life in the military qualified us for food stamps.

So, I'll try to feel some compassion for the Surhoffs and Clarks of the world. But this is the real world, and I think athletes need to wake up to that reality.

There would be a very simple solution. If, in fact, those two players love Baltimore that much, why not give up baseball and get a real job? We all have to make sacrifices.

Bob Moore

Muncie, Ind.

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