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LETTERS

February 26, 2005

Bonds shames himself by failing to tell truth

There is nothing Barry Bonds can do regarding how he will be perceived by baseball 30 or 40 years from now.

Will he be held in the same regard as Babe Ruth? No. How about Henry Aaron, or Willie Mays? No and no again.

Why? Because the media and baseball fans want the truth, and Bonds is incapable of providing the truth immediately.

He has to wait until he lays his bat down for good, stands back and looks self-admiringly at his achievements. It is not until then that the truth will be divulged about his involvement with banned substances.

Until then, Bonds is content to play this game with the media, pitting everyone else as fools and himself as the hapless victim.

The jersey he wears may say "Giants," but has there ever been any doubt that, first and foremost, he plays for "Team Bonds"? It's all about Barry, not baseball. That is how he differentiates himself from his predecessors.

You never fooled me, Mr. Bonds. I hope the guilt you will have to bear follows you for the rest of your days. You have shamed baseball. But much more importantly, you have shamed yourself.

Patrick R. Lynch Parkville

Steroid users leave a stain on baseball

The three stooges of baseball are Jason Giambi, Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds - the poster children for "Better Living Through Chemistry."

Bonds and Giambi used their news conferences to purposely not say "steroids" when the purpose was to defend themselves against the fact they did use steroids. They know they are dirty.

Bonds is so desperate about making people forget this violation of true sportsmanship, to make it appear as something else; so desperate that in the first news conference of the exhibition season he has already used the race card.

He and all the other players who used steroids are a stain on the record books.

In professional track and field, they strip you of your medals. So there had better be a big asterisk next to Bonds' name.

Gregory Mellon Linthicum

NHL would be wise to follow NFL's lead

The cancellation of the NHL season adds more embarrasment to a league that's trying to win respectability.

First off, the NHL owners should take lessons from their counterparts in the NFL when it comes to revenue sharing because that has helped keep the NFL alive today as we know it.

Second, the NHL players need to swallow their collective pride and accept pay cuts if they want to continue employment. They need to be reminded that hockey players don't make NFL-type salaries.

Lastly, both sides need to know that $2 billion can go a long way. It's more than enough to split between the players and owners to solve this travesty that is tarnishing the NHL's once-proud reputation.

Eric C. Glenn Baltimore

Players' big contracts similar to Angelos fees

I think it is very interesting on how Orioles owner Peter Angelos is irked by baseball players' big contracts. He states that the monetary demands from players are absolutely outrageous.

Mr. Angelos should take a hard look at how he made most of his money. His litigation fees were in line with most current baseball players' demands.

Steve Sody Cockeysville

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