October 20, 2002

Baltimore doesn't care about Vecsey subjects

The vast majority of Laura Vecsey's columns are about sporting events and topics that the average Baltimore sports fan couldn't care less about.

Baltimore is a very parochial town and quite guarded (some would say paranoid) about how we are treated by the major media. We expect our one and only hometown newspaper to at the very least respect, if not reflect, our views on this.

This is not to say that The Sun's columnists should walk in lockstep with the fans and completely reflect what the populace is saying. That would be dull.

As an example, I think it would be fair to say that Mike Preston's columns are controversial at times, and even negative toward the hometown teams. Yet, for as many "negative" columns as he writes, he also writes just as many positive columns. He just "calls them as he sees them," unlike Ms. Vecsey, who doesn't even see them.

Ms. Vecsey seldom has anything to say that would interest us. You are certainly quite welcome to hire whomever you see fit to write for your newspaper. I would not be so bold as to suggest otherwise.

What I am suggesting is that Ms. Vecsey could not be further from the pulse of what interests the loyal sports fans (especially Ravens fans) of Baltimore. At some point, since she has nothing to say of value, we (the sports fan) will find no value in the sports section of The Sun.

Stan Stryjewski Bel Air

There's more to sports than Ravens, Orioles

The gentleman who objected to The Sun's newest sports columnist, Ms. Laura Vecsey, must live in a small world ["Vecsey should write about Baltimore teams," Oct. 13]. Sir, there is a world outside of Baltimore and a lot of interesting teams besides the Orioles and the Ravens.

Many people who subscribe to The Sun grew up outside of the walls of Baltimore. Ms. Vecsey has written some very interesting articles and in a short time has shown a very exceptional knowledge of sports and sports history.

The Sun's sports section averages about 10 pages daily. There is outstanding coverage of the Orioles and Ravens. I enjoy reading these articles, but I also enjoy reading about sports in other parts of America.

Ms. Vecsey should have received praise for her outstanding contribution to The Sun sports section, not the reverse.

Francis Frain Edgewater

Colts' 50th is insult to Baltimore legacy

What's with the 50th anniversary patches the Indianapolis Colts are wearing on their uniforms? The 50th anniversary of what? The deceitful and cowardly Bob Irsay stole the Baltimore Colts away to Indianapolis in 1984 -18 years ago. That's how long the Indianapolis Colts have been in existence.

For Indianapolis to celebrate 50 years of the Colts, they must include the many years the Colts were in Baltimore, and that is an outrage to this fan.

Indianapolis can have the perennial also-ran Colts, and they can certainly keep the Irsay family. But they need to keep their grubby, stinking hands off our football history and tradition.

Why can't they create their own NFL tradition, starting with 1984? For that matter, why didn't they simply rename the team so it would be truly their own (as Baltimore did with the Ravens)?

Could it be because Indianapolis is a third-rate minor-league town that the NFL likely would never have expanded to, had the minimally lucid Irsay not been lured there?

Could it be that without the Colts identity, built in and built by Baltimore, Indianapolis would be even more insignificant as a sports town?

Baltimore Colts records, players and history should be completely separated from the Indianapolis Colts. That much belongs to us, not them.

May I suggest the 50th anniversary patches be replaced with a picture of a bloated, grinning Bob Irsay and the number "1984"?

Steve Scheinberg Jarrettsville

Get facts straight on Orioles players

Once again after reading The Sun I am amazed at how little the writers know when writing a column.

I finished reading Joe Christensen's article ["Is Thrift O's man for 2003?" Sept. 22]. Most of what Christensen states is true, but he makes the same error as everyone else at The Sun.

Ever since Opening Day 2001, people have stated that Jerry Hairston is the first everyday player to be drafted and come up to play for the Orioles since Cal Ripken in 1982.

This is incorrect. Do the names Bill Ripken, Larry Sheets, Mike Young, Craig Worthington, Leo Gomez and Steve Finley ring a bell? These players did not have long careers here, but they did play many more games than Hairston did when everyone labeled him the last everyday player since Cal Ripken.

Every one of those guys at one point was an everyday player.

Do the Orioles have problems? Sure. Are they developing players as efficiently as they should? No. But at least if you are going to write about the team, get the facts straight.

John Krainer Cockeysville

Orioles are merely Angelos' tax write-off

In the discussion of a new general manager for the Orioles, I think it's futile until we deal with the true problem - the owner.

I have a suggestion. Since we cannot dump the owner, which would be my first solution, I would propose that we change the team's name from the Orioles to the "Twos." This would stand for the Tax Write-Offs.

This is essentially what the Orioles have become. Peter Angelos has made windfall profits off other peoples miseries (asbestos and tobacco) and he has had to write off these huge profits somewhere.

Unfortunately, it had to be the Orioles. Why would he get rid of quality players, announcers, etc., and bring in profit-losers like Albert Belle?

We could call our new team the "Terrible Twos."

Hopefully, Angelos would get the idea, cut his losses, sell the team and leave the city alone.

Dave Baraloto Parkville

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