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September 30, 2001

Ticket complainers need some perspective

In the face of countless selfless acts brought on by the recent terrorist attacks, I can't think of a much more selfish act than the whining a number of people have made about how the ticket situation was handled concerning Cal Ripken's final home game.

The club handled the ticket exchange just like everyone else in the league, by honoring the tickets for the originally scheduled dates.

Yes, some people were inconvenienced because they invested money in arranging their travel plans to see the game. Does that investment even begin to compare to how "inconvenienced" the folks who worked in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were?

To the folks who paid ticket brokers hundreds of dollars for tickets, I say, that's the chance you take when you patronize a business whose very nature is to take advantage of the fans.

So, instead of whining how you were "done wrong" by the fact that you no longer have tickets to Cal Ripken's last game, maybe you should be thankful that, unlike the thousands who died on Sept. 11, you are alive to see a baseball game at all.

John Parker Baltimore

Fans gambled and lost on Sept. 23 O's tickets

In response to last week's letter complaining about the "Ripken ticket fiasco," the Orioles did not charge "thousands of dollars" for tickets to the Sept. 23 game. Anyone who paid more than face value did so through a scalper, which, I believe, is still illegal in Maryland.

The people who did so took a gamble and lost. If Cal had been injured, they still would not have seen his last game.

All true fans should be glad to attend any of the remaining Orioles games to get a chance to see Cal close out his Hall of Fame career.

Willard Dunn Baltimore

There's no sure thing, so stop the whining

The sports world is full of "sure things," guaranteed winners that turn out to be losers. True sports fans know that there is no such thing as a sure thing.

Those of you who purchased tickets for what was to be Cal Ripken's last game should bear this in mind. What if Cal had suffered a season-ending injury in early September? Or, God forbid, what if you or someone in your family had become injured, ill or worse? Would you have demanded that Cal play one more game to honor your ticket for the "last game"?

Yes, the sports world has its winners and losers. Those of you whining about this are definitely the losers.

Jamie Watson Baltimore

Baseball could've won fans by canceling rest of season

In 1994, Major League Baseball canceled the World Series over a labor dispute. In 2001, 6,000-plus people died in an attack on our country.

Baseball would have won a lot of fans back that it lost in 1994 by canceling the rest of this season in memory of the people lost in this attack.

Ron Cogar Middle River

Which Bengals team was Preston watching?

On Monday, Sun columnist Mike Preston referred to the Cincinnati Bengals as the "same old Bengals." Really? What team from Cincinnati was he watching? Or was he spending too much time at the concession stand?

This team is far from the same old Bengals. Sure they made mistakes, but this team plays with passion and aggression that we have not seen here in Cincinnati in years!

Remember the score. Even with three blown field-goal attempts, the Bengals still beat the Ravens, 21-10.

Same old Bengals? No. The same old Bengals would have folded their tents and gone away.

Mike Silvati Cincinnati

UM's Yow did it right with hiring of Cottle

Congratulations to Debbie Yow for not allowing the inmates to run the asylum. Hiring the highly successful Dave Cottle over the a-little-too-eager Gary Gait as Maryland's men's lacrosse coach was a no-brainer.

The last I looked, the coaching staff, budget and facilities at Maryland were in pretty good shape. If Peter Angelos and Daniel Snyder had Ms. Yow's "feel for the game" and leadership skills, I doubt their teams would be the laughingstocks of professional sports.

And kudos to Mike Preston for finally telling it like it really is.

Lacrosse is a beautiful game but unfortunately it is oversaturated with, as Mike states, a rich, preppy, outspoken and snooty bunch.

There is a great need for more "blue-collar" coaches like Tony Seaman, Bill Tierney, the beloved Dick Edell and Dave Cottle.

Bill Nelson Ellicott City

In due time, Angelos will turn around the O's

The bashing of Peter Angelos should stop. Mr. Angelos has shown himself to be an active, hands-on owner. His desire to provide world-class baseball for Baltimore has been comparable to the early years of his counterpart for the Yankees.

The early George Steinbrenner years were characterized by frequent front office and managerial changes, brash free-agent signings, and the depletion of their farm talent through trades for veteran players.

As Mr. Angelos becomes accustomed to his very visible role with the Orioles, and finds baseball management people he can relate to, we will see a resurgence of the Orioles.

His deep pockets, active ownership style and passion for winning are a perfect foil for Steinbrenner and his Yankees.

John Herman Galena

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