Ripken should play finale here, not in N.Y. The more I...

LETTERS

September 09, 2001

Ripken should play finale here, not in N.Y.

The more I think about Cal Ripken playing the final game of his career in New York, the more upset I become. The Orioles are done for the year and are merely playing out the schedule. To think otherwise is sheer folly.

So, with that in mind I ask the following of Cal: Why not play your final game at Camden Yards? Why play in front of the obnoxious New York fans, the same fans who ruin games between the Orioles and Yankees at Camden Yards with their obscenities and boorish behavior? The same fans who punched out the Orioles' mascot and sent him to the hospital?

Remember the playoff game stolen from the Orioles by the young fan who reached over the fence to catch the ball and give the Yankees a home run? And what about Peter Angelos? Like him or not, Cal, he did sign you to a rather large contract, one that makes you unbelievably wealthy at a very young age.

Playing your final game in front of the Yankees and their arrogant fans and obnoxious sports reporters has to be an embarrassment to Mr. Angelos.

Please end it in Baltimore, Cal, where it all started.

John Milkowski

Baltimore

Mussina's efforts don't merit Page 1

I just wanted to remind the staff at The Sun that Mike Mussina is no longer a pitcher for the Orioles and does not deserve to be on the front page of the sports section.

The Sun chose to report more on a one-hitter by a Yankee against the Red Sox than on a good start by an Orioles rookie against the Mariners.

Then, the next day, a rookie pitcher for St. Louis throws a no-hitter, but I see no huge picture of him on the front page of the sports section.

If you are going to treat pitchers on other teams with more respect than that of the local club, at least you should learn to treat them all the same way.

In the future, let's try to show more focus on teams that are in Baltimore and surrounding areas than on a team that local fans hate.

Jack Rose

Catonsville

O's fans suffering with losing baseball

On Saturday, Aug. 25, I was among the 42,000 fans attending the debacle at Camden Yards. I along with many others were disappointed not to see Cal Ripken either at third base or DH.

Many fans came from great distances to see Cal as he finishes his great baseball career, but it seems the Orioles' management forgot we were present.

The game was boring. Baltimore is a major-league city with a major-league ballpark, so Mr. Angelos, how about fielding a major-league team? We have suffered long enough.

Donald W. Queen

Severn

O's will be better off when Ripken retires

The moment Cal Ripken walks off the field for the last time, the Orioles will instantly become a better team. The "planned streak" and all of his personal milestones have put winning on the back burner for many years.

To make matters worse, Peter Angelos has taken advantage of this situation to squeeze every last nickel and dime out of Cal before he leaves through endless promotions and gimmicks. All of this has created a negative chemistry, therefore destroying the team psyche.

The Orioles are on their way to 98 losses. It appears that some of these horrible losses don't affect Cal in the least. Why should they?

What we need now is for Angelos to stay in the courtroom and off the field and hire someone who knows at least a little bit about winning and chemistry.

Jon Pontiac

Arnold

Washington deserves a losing team, too

As a native Washingtonian, but now living in its Maryland suburbs, I have seen over the past 40 years two disappearances of Washington baseball teams, to Texas and to Minnesota. I would have hoped that to compensate for my loss, the neighboring Orioles would be a superior contender for the pennant. Guess again!

Under Peter Angelos, despite his millions, the Orioles have been relegated to the lower echelon of major-league teams, with the only redeeming feature being Cal Ripken, unfortunately in his last year.

If I had wanted to support a losing team, certainly it would have been one from my own back yard, but Peter Angelos continues to bar the admission of a Washington team to buttress the ticket sales of his current woeful Baltimore franchise.

Washington is entitled to its own baseball disaster; perhaps bringing a team to Washington would yield an exciting intercity rivalry of two non-pennant contenders.

Nelson Marans

Silver Spring

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