August 20, 2005

Will Steele hold Ravens to the same standard?

I read David Steele's column on Rafael Palmeiro ["Fans can make a stand - by sitting at home," Aug. 11] where he pointed out that Palmeiro received a rather light punishment from Major League Baseball and had sent a bad message to the youth of America by using performance-enhancing drugs.

I also enjoyed the fact that Mr. Steele suggested that we fans display our anger by not attending that night's game even though Palmeiro probably would not be playing.

These suggestions are good and I look forward to Sept. 10, the day before the Ravens' opener, when Mr. Steele again climbs aboard the moral high horse and reminds Ravens fans not to attend the game the next night because they will be endorsing a convicted drug criminal.

Mr. Steele, don't use Palmeiro as an excuse to punish a team that is under-performing unless you intend to hold the same light to both local teams. If you endorse that we stay away from Camden Yards because of Palmeiro's indiscretions, I hope you will also stick to the same position regarding Jamal Lewis and his conviction.

Jason D. Tritle Parkville

If fans should stay away, why do media show up?

It was really great that David Steele recommended that fans boycott Rafael Palmeiro's first game back from his suspension. Yes, that would really show Palmeiro how we fans are disgusted and have "had enough," and let those players know how out of touch they are with us fans.

Yet it was interesting to see the throngs of media swarming around Palmeiro at every turn on the day he returned. Then I heard how the amount of press passes handed out were more like a playoff game.

And, judging by Steele's comments the next day, it appears Steele also was in attendance. If we fans are so disgusted and turned off, why all the media attention?

If Steele wants fans to stay home, why did he go? To me, it's just another example of the media being out of touch with the fans. If we are supposed to not care enough to go to the game, why would we care enough to hear what Palmeiro has to say?

Bob Wunder Baltimore

Lying, cheating isn't just a baseball problem

It is remarkable that our city and, to be sure, the nation is creating such a clamor over the Rafael Palmeiro incident. Lying and cheating, along with healthy doses of denial and deception, have long been part and parcel of baseball.

Pete Rose. Corked bats. Cut and loaded baseballs. The Black Sox scandal. Gaylord Perry. Albert Belle. Sammy Sosa. Just a small sample for review.

It's the American way. We deny responsibility and blame others for our failures. Cheating and deceiving is not only accepted by the masses, but also encouraged and rewarded. Lying is modeled by journalists, professionals and politicians. Palmeiro is small potatoes by comparison.

Gary Rostkowski Parkville

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