August 07, 2004

Police officer's gesture made this trip special

As a longtime baseball fan, I have wanted to attend a game at Camden Yards for several years. I had heard glowing things about the park, and my trip to see the Orioles take on my team, the Red Sox, was nothing short of spectacular.

My 25-year-old daughter as well as my friend from Washington and her guests were very impressed, both with the park and the surrounding areas. The staff at the park was very personable, and that's no small feat when customer service often takes a back seat to rudeness.

After the game, some fellow Red Sox fans told us that several of the Boston players would possibly be coming out of a side entrance. We went to the place, and we waited with some other Red Sox fans. Several Baltimore police were waiting there as well, to keep order.

One young officer saw a disabled youngster in a special stroller/wheelchair. He reached into his pocket and gave the child's father a ball he had caught during the game. I commended him on what he did, and he shrugged it off, noting that kids are really what baseball is all about.

I work at a rehabilitation hospital in upstate New York, and we see many children with serious disabilities. It is often as difficult on the parents and other family members as it is on the child. This young police officer, whose name I did not get, seems to be wise beyond his years. The simple act of giving a baseball to a disabled child and his father ranks among one of the best random acts of kindness I have seen in my 55 years.

At a time when the world is in turmoil, when we hear constantly about young people's lack of responsibility to their fellow humans, this young police officer showed me that he is, indeed, one of Baltimore's finest.

Wanda A. Fischer Schenectady, N.Y.

Ravens' trip to Philly is circled on calendar

Philadelphia Eagles season-ticket holders received their tickets last Saturday. On each ticket is a featured player's photo. Is it any surprise that the tickets for the Oct. 31 game against the Ravens are graced by a photo of Terrell Owens? Looks like the Eagles are gloating about "winning" the TO sweepstakes earlier this summer.

I will be at the game, wearing purple and waiting to see TO get KO'd.

One inside route over the middle in "Ray's World" should change Owens' outlook in a hurry. Hopefully, there will be other Ravens fans making the trip up I-95 to watch the carnage with me.

Eric Brotman Timonium

O's fan from way back sees no reason for hope

I have followed the Orioles through thick and thin since their International League days. I stuck with them during their low points and exulted in their successes. No matter how bad things got, I was always confident that they would eventually improve. Never did I think that I would lose interest in the team, but it is happening now.

The past six seasons have been the dreariest in my experience.

The club has given us constant mediocrity and now has the nerve to ask for patience. Worst of all, this organization, as it now stands, appears to have no future. Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan are better than Syd Thrift, but that is not saying much. I won't even mention the ownership.

I see no hope for this club. Perhaps one day, the Orioles will once again be contenders. The question is, will there be anyone left who cares?

Al Rosenthal Columbia

O's breaking a heart, and blame's on Angelos

After reading in the Aug. 2 Sun about the latest Orioles loss to the Yankees, I recall memories of my younger days in Boston as a Red Sox fan. Every year started with high hopes and every September ended with the same old "Wait till next year." It is beginning to look the same for the Orioles.

I still find myself occasionally rooting for the Red Sox, if only to beat the Yankees, but I consider myself to be an Orioles fan. I, along with many other fans, felt that Peter Angelos was the savior for the Orioles, preventing what looked like an almost certain departure from the city when he bought them.

Well, the honeymoon is over. Angelos, with his continuous, unprofessional interference, has turned the Orioles into bottom-runners. At least when the Red Sox had Tom Yawkey as their owner, he gave Boston fans an interesting team by getting some of the best players available and by letting the professionals run the team. His only failing was that he doted on some of his players, and they, in turn, acted like spoiled children.

I hope in my waning years that I don't have to go through that ordeal again. The "Curse of the Babe" has taken its toll on me. C'mon, Mr. Angelos, get serious!

Ron Parsons Glen Burnie

Count on it - Bowa out and Yankees in

Just a quick note to predict an event that is a sure thing. If I could find a way to bet on Phillies manager Larry Bowa getting fired soon, I'd bet the farm. The guy has all the talent in the world playing for him and can't win. He's gone by Aug. 15, guaranteed.

I was hoping some East National League team would displace the Braves, but it looks like a 13th consecutive division title is theirs. What does that say about their skills at developing talent and making trades? They are amazing. Give them credit. Thirteen straight? Wow.

Not that it matters. The Yankees are a lock. Bet the farm.

Jeffrey Mariner Phoenix

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