Clark's departing shot against O's uncalled for After...

LETTERS

September 10, 2000

Clark's departing shot against O's uncalled for

After Will Clark's trade to St. Louis, he took a cheap shot at the Orioles. He told the press that St. Louis fans expressed to him they were happy to have him, and wished him a most successful season. He said in all his years in Baltimore, no one had told him this. I personally confirm that this statement is untrue.

Chuck Martindale, a friend of mine, and myself greeted Clark at a FanFest. We both remember expressing to him how fortunate we were to have him on the Orioles. We wished him well. There was a large group waiting to meet him and requesting his autograph.

Clark should have said that he was overpaid and contributed little to the Orioles.

Bob Townsley

Eldersburg

`San Fernando Pete' running out of ammo

Peter Angelos' ego-driven involvement in Orioles personnel decisions qualifies him as a worthy successor to Red Skelton's famous character, "San Fernando Red."

San Fernando was supremely confident of his ability to handle a six-gun. Yet, every time he tried to show off his fast draw, he failed to get his gun out of its holster, often shooting himself in the foot in the process.

That Angelos is a successful attorney of national repute is beyond question. Yet he foolishly yearns, in true San Fernando style, to be a star in an arena for which he is not equipped.

So far, his insistence on personally "pulling the trigger" has cost the Orioles two general managers, a top assistant GM, a winning manager and a star first baseman.

In "outgunning" George Steinbrenner by signing Albert Belle to a mega-buck, five-year, no-trade contract, "San Fernando Pete" may have run out of toes.

Yet, undaunted, he says he plans to become even more involved in the operation of the team. "San Fernando Pete" leaves Orioles fans not sure whether to laugh or cry.

Bob Hauk

Easton

Woods is great athlete, but Sampras rules, too

Tiger Woods received a lot of attention and deservedly so for becoming only the fifth man in history to win the career Grand Slam in golf. If you blinked, though, you might have missed another record set recently in sports.

Pete Sampras won at Wimbledon in July to set the career mark with 13 Grand Slam tennis victories, yet received little attention. NBC did little to no promotion for him at Wimbledon, and when the NBC president was asked what the story of the tournament was, he said the match between Venus and Serena Williams.

It has amazed me why Sampras has never received the attention he truly deserves. He has been the dominant athlete in his sport for the better part of a decade, and you could argue that outside of Michael Jordan, he was the male athlete of the 1990s.

I hope people start appreciating what a great champion Sampras has been. He now has as many Slams as John McEnroe and Andre Agassi combined. Woods deserves the attention he is getting, but so does Sampras.

Patrick J. Yocum

Glenville, Pa.

Ex-Colt Parker reigns as NFL's greatest tackle

Jonathan Ogden is certainly a fine and outstanding football player and no doubt deserving of the landmark contract extension he will receive, based on the current NFL pay scale for offensive linemen. He may well be the best tackle in football today, and his future is extremely bright.

Although it is his prerogative, Ravens owner Art Modell is wrong to predict that Ogden may go down as the greatest tackle in history. That honor belongs to Jim Parker, another great player who once played for the Baltimore Colts, is enshrined in the college and pro football halls of fame, and has been selected to every all-time NFL team ever published.

However, the big difference now between Ogden and Parker is surely the $48 million Jonathan will earn over the next seven seasons, the fact that Big Jim played on two championship teams and that Parker retired in 1967, seven years before Ogden was born.

Harvey C. Kasoff

Owings Mills

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