April 16, 2005

Columnist should write about O's, not their foes

On April 10, the Orioles won the rubber game of a three-game series against the Yankees in New York.

On April 11, instead of a column about the series, readers of The Sun were treated to a puff piece about the life and oh-so-hard times of ultra-rich Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, courtesy of Yankees-obsessed columnist Laura Vecsey ["Lord of the non-rings, Yanks' Rodriguez is trying harder"].

Included in this column were numerous references to various Yankees and Boston Red Sox players, not to mention Rodriguez's infant daughter. The Orioles and their rare Yankee Stadium series victory were totally ignored.

When will the powers that be at The Sun realize that the vast majority of its readership wants to read about the home team? The national sports media provide us with more than enough gushing, worshipful coverage of the Yankees and Red Sox.

Don Brizendine Baltimore

Kline's statements showed poor judgment

Despite Orioles reliever Steve Kline's "humble opinion," Baltimore baseball fans are knowledgeable. While they are also patient and loyal to a fault, they do have their limits.

Baltimore baseball fans have many favorite players from the past. Some had great success while others did not. Pure talent is not a prerequisite for popularity in Baltimore.

If you show a love of the game, your teammates and the city in which you play, the fans will repay you many times over.

Just ask players like Elrod Hendricks, Rick Dempsey, Lenn Sakata, Rich Dauer, et al. None will be elected to Cooperstown. All are still loved in Baltimore because of the way they carried themselves on and off the field.

If you do not care what the people of Baltimore think of you, just whine about your teammates and/or the city for which you play. Let it be known that you would prefer to be somewhere else. Disparage your teammates. Makes excuses for your own poor play.

When one says a thing like this - "It's going to take me a little while to realize what's going on and to put the past behind me. I miss St. Louis. But what can you do?" - you can expect a very negative response in Baltimore.

Just ask people like Reggie Jackson, John Elway and Terrell Owens how the people of Baltimore feel about athletes who feel they are too good to play for a team representing this city.

I am totally unconvinced by Mr. Kline's explanation or apology for his statements. I don't believe his statements were taken out of context. I do believe he was speaking out of frustration. However, he showed incredibly poor judgment by assigning any blame for his frustration or dissatisfaction to anyone but himself.

Donald S. Smith Baltimore

Now is time to restore `Baltimore' to jerseys

How discouraging is it once again to turn on an away game and see "Orioles" emblazoned across the chest of the players uniforms once again.

What is Peter Angelos' excuse going to be this year? I could understand, though I disagreed with, his attempts to try to make the Orioles a regional team as a defensive weapon to keep another team out of his purported territory. But the Nationals are a reality.

Now is the time to give Baltimore fans their rightful due and put "Baltimore" back on the away jerseys where it was for many years before Angelos bought the team.

To make matters even worse, the Nationals have DC on their away uniforms. If there are other fans who agree with me, let Mr. Angelos know how you feel.

Ray Valle Ocean Pines

Fans of Nationals are in for a letdown

As a lifelong Orioles fan, I was happy to see the Washington Senators cease to exist in September 1971. Unfortunately, that stance has changed now thanks to baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who saw fit to put a team in D.C. for the third time.

Mr. Selig has no grasp on D.C.'s inglorious baseball history, which includes a World Series that was last won 81 years ago, a string of losing seasons and two teams that have moved.

The Nationals' arrival will continue the tradition of D.C. baseball with the "W" hats, an old concrete dump known as RFK Stadium and the new slogan: "First in war, first in peace, last in the National League East."

The citizens of D.C. will wish that they fielded a minor league team when they realize that the Nationals will be nothing more of a sideshow act to the Orioles' resurgence.

Eric C. Glenn Baltimore

Good luck to Nats in the first season

I am not a Washington Nationals fan (yet), but kudos to The Sun and its reporting staff for its coverage of the Nats' Opening Night ["Nats slam door at home, 5-3," Friday].

We should all wish them a successful season in their first year.

To not do so would be disingenuous and unsportsmanlike.

Roy Ruhe Columbia

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