July 09, 2005

O's must not copy Yankees and Red Sox

I am tired of hearing quote after quote from each Oriole falsely reassuring each Orioles fan that this team will soon turn things around. That is a disservice to this great city and loyal fan base.

It is about time that this franchise admits its wrongdoings. The Orioles have been stuck in an identity crisis. Like the kid who just joined a new school, the Orioles have been trying to emulate the Yankees and the Red Sox, matching power for power.

From Albert Belle to Sammy Sosa, the Orioles have tried to borrow someone else's recipe for success. That is not the Oriole way.

Pitching has always been the main ingredient toward victory. It is time that the Orioles discard this counterfeit remedy of winning by a score of 13-8.

Granted, this has been a fantastic season, filled with many surprises. However, the inevitable losing streak is upon us.

The Orioles must forget their peers, focus on bringing up in-club talent, and model the Orioles from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Let's get back to the real Oriole way.

Max Panoff Columbia

`Baltimore' should return to O's uniforms

I think the residents of the D.C. metropolitan area have figured out that the team with "Washington" emblazoned on its road jerseys is their team and not the one with a total absence of any geographical reference.

We can't fool them any longer. It is time to come out of the closet and reveal "the name that dare not be written." It should be a no-brainer.

The name "Baltimore Orioles" was an esteemed one as far back as the turn of the last century, as legendary players like John McGraw and Wee Willie Keeler led the team to several National League pennants when that was the only league going.

Then, for 30 years the team that for many of those years actually wore the name "Baltimore" proudly on its uniforms won more games than any other. Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, Jim Palmer, et al, played and won big while unashamedly displaying their hometown name for all to see.

It's time to cease the charade. If Tampa Bay can admit it, certainly the team from Baltimore can do the same without fear.

Sig Seidenman Owings Mills

Media unfair to O's, who need time to heal

I've lived in Baltimore for six years. This is the first Orioles team this city can be proud of in all that time.

The Orioles have been hit with a rash of injuries yet remain in second place. The unbalanced schedule will offer plenty of opportunities in the second half of the season to regain the division lead.

Yet, it appears the sports media here all got together and decided it was time to panic.

Do the media think someone can wave a magic wand and know how this season will turn out? Will the media wave it again and make themselves all some sort of collective front office so they can trade away all the Orioles' future stars for a bunch of stopgap has-beens just so they can have something else to criticize?

Why don't the media just gather in front of Camden Yards and physically prevent fans from attending the games?

This is a fine team with a great future. Give the Orioles time to get healthy.

Joe Roman Baltimore

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