O's stance on ball shows double standard The old double...


November 11, 2001

O's stance on ball shows double standard

The old double standard once again rears its ugly head. It appears that the Orioles' organization is only happy when it makes a profit, but let anyone else try to do the same and it cries foul.

In the Nov. 3 article "Ripken ball is sign of the times," I was dismayed to read where Orioles spokesman Bill Stetka had a problem with the driver who took Cal Ripken on laps around the park after his last game.

It seems Dion Guthrie had put a ball (signed that night by Ripken) on the Internet for sale on an online auction. It's OK for the players to receive inflated salaries, which in turn costs the fans more money for their tickets, and for owner Peter Angelos to become a much richer man. Why is it not OK for Mr. Guthrie to turn a profit?

The sale of this ball certainly will not cause the Orioles to make less of a profit. Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, is upset because he says that "people used to collect autographs for the love of the game or for hero worship, not to sell it later."

Well, baseball is no longer a "game." It has become big business and has created the present situation -- one in which the fans now want to cash in as well.

Barbara Blumberg Baltimore

Baseball contraction is unfair to Minnesota

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is establishing a dangerous precedent by going forward with team contraction instead of addressing the issues that have brought financial difficulties to many teams and will continue to do so if they are not solved. Once this process starts, where will it stop?

The most unfortunate victims of this process will be the people of the state of Minnesota. The contraction of the Minnesota Twins would be a mistake on the part of Major League Baseball and I feel that the state of Minnesota should take action to regain the hundreds of millions of dollars that will be lost to the economy.

Contrary to what we have been led to believe, it was not Minnesota that forced the Metrodome on baseball but the other way around. In the late 1970s, Major League Baseball and the NFL told Minnesota that, unless an indoor stadium was built, the state would lose the Vikings and the Twins.

Minnesota complied and built the dome with public money. Now, baseball is demanding another stadium be built with public money. Would this guarantee that the Twins would stay in Minnesota, and for how long?

Stop contraction, Commissioner Selig. Institute team payroll caps so we no longer have the $30 million players, and institute a team payroll minimum so that fans in other cities don't have to pay to see bargain-basement teams.

Do not start the contraction process that will damage or destroy baseball. Leave the Twins alone, move the Montreal Expos and make baseball fun and financially viable once again.

Frank Schumacher Arlington, Va.

Thankfully, it appears Yankees dynasty is dead

Don't feel guilty over those feelings of elation when the New York Yankees lost the World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks last Sunday night.

Sports fans had become so sick of watching the Yankees win in the postseason that they stopped watching. Need proof? The TV ratings for the Monday Night Football game that pitted the winless Redskins against the winless Cowboys outdrew the deciding Game 5 Division Series game between the Yankees and A's

Thankfully, it appears the Yankees dynasty has come to a close. They have a lot of pending free agents, and some of their stars are getting old.

The city of New York needs our money, our support and our prayers. It does not need a 27th Yankees World Series title.

Tom Bullinger Jr. Timonium

There's nothing wrong with winning ugly

Reading Mike Preston's article last Monday about the Ravens' win over Pittsburgh ("Ugly wins have Ravens sitting pretty") gave me some mixed feelings.

Sure, the Ravens' win wasn't all that pretty, but it was a nail-bitter. The game came down to the last seconds, and although the Ravens won because of a botched Steelers field-goal attempt, I was at the edge of my seat the entire time.

So they didn't beat the Steelers 50-0 or anything like that. I would take an ugly win rather than a rout.

Leor Galil Bethesda

Ravens need to stick with Cunningham as QB

It is so obvious that Randall Cunningham should be the Ravens' starting quarterback the rest of the season.

Cunningham is a three-time Bert Bell Award winner as Pro Football Player of the Year, and a four-time Pro Bowl pick. Elvis Grbac is hurting the Ravens with his turnovers.

I hope the move is made before it is too late.

Joseph L. Dennis Philadelphia

Terps quickly show ranking is undeserved

That didn't take long!

The seasoned, veteran Maryland men's basketball team proved quickly that its lofty preseason No. 2 ranking was undeserved.

Although Arizona happens to be inexperienced and freshman-laden, you would have thought the Terps were the youthful, immature squad on Thursday night.

Horrible shot selection, ill-advised turnovers and Lonny Baxter looking lost against no-name rookies.

Unbelievably, Terps coach Gary Williams almost pulled a "Chris Webber" at the end of the game when he tried to call a timeout with none left.

Just like old times!

Morton D. Marcus Baltimore

Tagliabue belongs in Hall of Shame

Paul Tagliabue has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You have got to be kidding.

How about Paul Tagliaube for the Pro Hall of Shame. For that, he's got my vote.

Ed Dorsett Forest Hill

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