August 13, 2005

Palmeiro not in class of true Orioles greats

I applaud David Steele for his Thursday column ["Fans can make a stand by sitting at home"]. Allowing Rafael Palmeiro to wear the same uniform as Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson or even Craig Worthington is heresy. Rather than riding off in the sunset of what could have been a Hall of Fame career, Palmeiro will slither his way out of baseball.

The team is out of contention. What purpose does it serve to have him suit up? His career is over, his integrity gone.

As stated by Steele, the team is not worthy of your support anymore. Until there are signs of significant depth of thought in the front office, we need to take a break from feeding the machine with our dollars.

Andrew Dale Baltimore

Staying home from park is not the way to go

I just finished reading David Steele's column advising Orioles fans to protest the return of Rafael Palmeiro from his steroids suspension by staying at home, and if not, anti-Raffy booing, banners and chants would suffice. Is this guy for real?

Regardless of how you feel about Palmeiro, this team needs a packed ballpark showing support, not "48,000 empty seats" as Steele suggests. I'd like to think we are still a great sports town that embraces its teams, not turns its back on them.

For those who choose either not to attend or boo, I suppose you'll be doing the same for the Ravens. Or is a federal drug conspiracy sentence any better?

Chris Laughman Baltimore

It's time to move on, get back to baseball

Two columns by Peter Schmuck and David Steele compelled me to write. I have never seen anyone faced with legal ramifications ever state more than, "It would not be appropriate to comment at this time." Why should Rafael Palmeiro say anything more at this point?

He has already been judged by millions as guilty of taking steroids, and even if he is innocent, millions will still hold to their charge of guilt.

Palmeiro has none of the mental and physical qualities associated with steroid abuse. His quest for 3,000 hits helped breathe new life into a franchise that for years has had a losing record. Whether he asks for forgiveness or not, whether he did it or not, forgive him and get on with the game.

Christina L. Moyer Baltimore

Palmeiro doesn't merit any support from O's

How dare the Orioles organization, players, or fans offer any kind of support to Rafael Palmeiro. He has cast the darkest of clouds over Baltimore, Camden Yards, and the Orioles legacy. He lied about steroid use to Congress in March, and he is still lying.

If Palmeiro really wants to be a key ally in ridding sports of performance-enhancing drugs, then the best thing he can do is tender his resignation from baseball, effective immediately.

William M. Hill Ossian, Ind.

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