April 18, 2004

D.C. crowd should stay out of Baltimore

I read the remarks by Orioles owner Peter Angelos regarding blocking a team in Washington ["D.C. plan for ballpark doesn't sway Angelos," April 10].

I can give you a good reason for putting one there: to keep the D.C. crowd out of Camden Yards.

They come to the games with no loyalty to the Orioles because they aren't from this area. For many of them, it's just an outing and they don't care which team wins.

Then there's the pack whose hometown actually has a team and they have come in droves to root for that team.

Either way, whether I'm at the game or watching it on TV, there are actually times where it's hard to tell in which city the game is being played because of the size of the D.C. crowd rooting for the other team.

Let them have their own D.C. team to root against and turn Camden Yards back over to Orioles fans.

Vince Clews Reisterstown

Why should Angelos have a say about D.C.?

I love how the lifelong Baltimore resident who has plagued the Orioles as its owner tells a Baltimore newspaper that he has decided what's necessary and what's not for Washington and Virginia residents.

Using that logic, the decision for Baltimore's NFL future after the Colts left should've been up to Washingtonians, right?

It's not surprising that Peter Angelos wants to destroy the dream of major league baseball for fans in D.C. and Virginia, since he has a habit not of building up the franchise and the dreams of his fans, but of tearing them down with his self-serving incompetence.

Angelos ought to contain his misery to his own back yard for the time being and spare fans in my back yard from his destructive meddling.

Bob Webster Alexandria, Va.

Bonds is too much of a me-first player

The San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds should have gone into politics. This guy is so convincing it's disgusting.

Let him achieve his records and retire amidst all the adulation and accolades, which he certainly deserves.

But a team player, he is not. When he speaks it is so very evident to me that he is aspiring for personal goals and nothing else.

Another postseason season for Bonds and the Giants? I get the feeling he could care less about that team-related garbage. (It would, however, be more face time for Bonds in front of the media.)

Personal goals are important, but in a team-oriented game such as baseball, I'll take a gang of "us" guys vs. "me" guys seven days a week.

Patrick R. Lynch Parkville

George Bamberger: great coach, person

Thank you, Roch Kubatko, for your excellent article on George Bamberger ["Shepherd with a staff, Bamberger was O's ace," April 7].

George was not only the greatest pitching coach in baseball, but he also was always a true gentleman and a great friend. He and his wife, Wilma, were members of our church in Timonium, and we were sorry when he left for Milwaukee. The offer was too great to turn down.

When George had his heart attack in Milwaukee, I sent him a get-well card. He replied with an autographed picture, which still hangs in my study.

There will never be another like George Bamberger. We will all miss him.

Jim Royer Lutherville

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