With Belle gone from O's, a fan returns to the fold A...

March 25, 2001

With Belle gone from O's, a fan returns to the fold

A sad chapter in the history of the Orioles is closed, now that Albert Belle has been forced into early retirement. When the Orioles signed Belle, I wrote to this newspaper and resigned as a fan until the day that Belle no longer played for the Orioles. Effective immediately, I will resume my support for the Orioles.

Belle is typical of the athletes today who perform with mercenary zeal. Shame on the Orioles for hiring him in the first place. I blame owner Peter Angelos for employing Machiavellian strategies when it comes to his players. That is not the "Oriole Way," but it has been so long since we had the "Oriole Way," most of us cannot remember what it is.

The Orioles have become the laughingstock of the league. I miss the team's glory days when gentlemen like Brooks Robinson played the game. Local ownership is killing the Orioles.

Goodbye and good riddance, Albert.

Randy Barnhart

Midlothian, Va.

Don't forget athletes from Cecil County

What a great picture of Katie Davis on page 6 of last Saturday's sports section, scoring for Villanova in the women's NCAA basketball tournament. Too bad no mention was made that she is a graduate of North East High in Cecil County and a former first-team all-state basketball squad member.

I'm sure if Ms. Davis had attended a Baltimore City or Baltimore County school, that fact would be most prevalent in the story.

Can't your staff keep track in your sports database of all Maryland students so they can be properly recognized for their accomplishments?

My family has subscribed to The Sun for years, in part because we are fans of Baltimore teams. It seems The Sun should return the favor and pay better attention to the accomplishments of athletes from Cecil County and all parts of our state. I suspect readers from Wicomico to St. Mary's to Garrett counties feel the same.

Ms. Davis represents North East, Cecil County and Maryland at Villanova University and we are proud of her. The rest of your readers would be as well, if they only knew she was a Marylander. That is part of The Sun's responsibility.

James Roney

North East

Nostalgia missing from `PSINet' name

What's in a name? As I skimmed Tuesday's article about the demise of PSINet Inc., a sad reality set in. In 40 years, when my grandchildren ask where the Ravens played their first championship season, I won't remember the name of the stadium.

No one will.

This is especially upsetting when you consider the weight that Memorial Stadium holds in our memories. It was named to honor the community. And for Colts and Orioles fans, Memorial Stadium was a nostalgic canvas where fond memories were painted.

It's the very nostalgia that's missing from the Ravens' championship season.

Sure, we'll remember the players. We'll even remember the plays. But the memories will lack a setting. When the Ravens sold the stadium's name, they also sold its sense of civic belonging. As a result, there can never be such nostalgia for a stadium named for a meaningless corporation.

In the end, companies will always come and go. The only things that last are the community and its history. Let's hope that the plight of PSINet Inc. serves as a lesson for the team when it decides what to rename the stadium at Camden Yards.

Brian Eden

Silver Spring

NFL's latest snub of Ravens hits home

Why does the NFL continue to torture our city? For the first time since 1995, the defending Super Bowl champion will not be opening the season on Monday night.

Why? Because the NFL's golden boys, the Denver Broncos, are opening a new stadium. Where was our Monday night game when the Ravens opened for the first time at PSINet Stadium? So the Broncos get their fourth straight prime-time season opener, while the Super Bowl-champion Ravens are forced to wait a week for the opportunity to play in their first Monday night game.

How many Super Bowl victories is it going to take before the Ravens get the respect they deserve from the NFL brass? Maybe if the Broncos embarrass the Ravens in the playoffs, 21-3, this season, we'll get to open at home on Monday night in 2002.

Brad Dwin


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