I personally liken the Orioles involvement in Major League Baseball's winter meetings to a fishing expedition where the crew eagerly embarks on a trip to snag some trophy marlin only to pathetically return to port with a few minnows and lots of seaweed ("As winter meetings wrap up, Orioles still without a major move," Oct. 12).

Being a loyal Orioles fan tests the limits of my patience. I have to infuse levity for fear of losing my seasick mind. I am without doubt that many O's fans are in the same boat.

Peter Angelos may be the stoic "silent captain," but as long as he is the head of the listing ship we call the Baltimore Orioles, there is no chance in the open seas to compete with the likes of those pirates to the north named Yankees and Red Sox.

The winter meetings again proved to yield the "Deadliest Catch." As for the crew, I say, prepare to return below decks this coming season.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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