December 24, 2005

Hendricks embodied the spirit of O's, city

Orioles fans, Baltimore and all of baseball have lost a true diamond gem in Elrod Hendricks.

He gave his heart, his soul and his eternal smile to the game he loved and the community he cherished.

I can't remember Elrod ever turning away an autograph seeker or missing "Orioles Caravans" to offseason banquets and charity events. He even played Santa Claus to area children this very week.

Elrod was a championship catcher and coach who totally embodied the spirit of a team and its town.

Ross Klavans

Downingtown, Pa.

Where are the fruits of O's alleged labor?

Mike Flanagan keeps saying the Orioles are working hard in the warehouse, but what I read in adjoining articles last week was that the Orioles agreed to a contract with Jeff Conine and the Yankees signed Johnny Damon.

There are so many things wrong with this picture, I almost don't know where to begin.

With all due respect to Conine, I fail to see the upgrade from B.J. Surhoff, and their lifetime statistics are similar.

So, while the Yankees add significantly to their dazzling lineup, the Orioles thrash about and, at best, tread water.

Is it just Miguel Tejada and me, or is the rest of the world crazy?

Working hard on what?

Sam Levine


Angelos merits credit for helping the needy

The Sun repeatedly prints negative comments by individuals who are obviously disadvantaged judgmentally in their opinion with regard to how Peter Angelos handles the Orioles.

Would it not be appropriate for the paper to recognize at least a few of this giving man's contributions to Baltimore and the state, such as Christmas parties for underprivileged children?

Isn't it about time Angelos receives some credit from The Sun for the multitude of charitable contributions he lavishes in this region as cited by the TV media?

Ted and Dottie Hickman


Baseball disparity continues to grow

The disparity between the large- and small-market teams has been ongoing in major league baseball for years, but the gap seems to be widening.

This week's Johnny Damon announcement was more than a simple signing by the Yankees; it was a wakeup call that baseball is an irrevocably broken sport.

I don't know the exact figures, but the Yankees' lineup seems to consist almost completely of All-Stars who make more than $10 million each in salary. What else can be said except that MLB will not change until it is hurt where it counts - in the pocketbook.

So, in protest, I intend to vote on the baseball situation with my money. I will not attend or watch another baseball game and instead will save that money for football season, a professional sport that understands how to do it right.

I know my meager spending on baseball will probably not make a difference, but I refuse to contribute to a sham of a sport.

Bob Maine


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