This is in response to Patty Perkins' letter regarding the Blast Booster Club and Ed Hale. I feel she should get all her facts before writing such a negative letter. Mr. Hale in no way insulted the booster club by creating his own fan club. Mr. Hale was very diplomatic and graceful toward certain booster-club officers who, while supposedly representing the Blast Booster Club, were seen wearing Wichita jerseys. This is not the way executive officers should act. While representing the booster club, they should be supporting the Blast. Executive officer comments lambasting Ed Hale were heard at the Arena and at Booster Club meetings. The officers are unable to understand that their negative comments only breed contention. Mr. Hale has tried to work with the officers and has been very diplomatic. I support Mr. Hale.
ancy E. Neukam Baltimore
Don't make Davis deal
Glenn Davis. Why, I ask? Davis offers power hitting. Davis offers slick fielding. Davis offers character, consistency and charisma.
Orioles general manager Roland Hemond offers Randy Milligan, Steve Finley, Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling? This is an offer that's awful.
Davis will command in excess of $3 million a year after the 1991 season. At that price, will the fiscally frugal Orioles welcome Davis back? Unlikely.
The Orioles must address their needs, not the needs of other clubs. Glenn Davis is a true star, but emptying the dugout to rent him for a year makes little sense. If money is not the object, then why has the parade of free agents not passed through Memorial Stadium? Remember what the Dodgers traded for Eddie Murray -- compare and complain.
Randy Milligan has worked hard to prove his worth. He's a future star. The other Orioles mentioned all hold promise. Mr. Hemond, please change direction. Rescuing the Astros is a big job. I don't want to go to the Astrodome to see my favorite Orioles.
Vince Bankoski Towson Thank you for John Eisenberg's article in Dec. 22's paper about the no-win situation we Baltimore football fans faced with that night's televised game. Thanks to Bob Irsay, we have so little to be happy about these days, and John articulated our position regarding rooting interests so well. In fact, parts of his article reminded me of a letter that I wrote to you recently on the subject.
I may not always agree with the opinions of Eisenberg or Mike Littwin or their manner of expression, but I always look forward to their columns and generally consider them the most interesting part of the sports section.
What I long to see is the day that Washington or Indianapolis comes to Baltimore to play the new Baltimore Colts.
Mark Webner Parkville
Thanks for nothing
We really have a big-hearted bunch of sports team owners in Baltimore. I see where multimillionaire Ed Hale has passed the $30,000 buck to Centre Management to repair the soccer rug. This is the same guy who says he's going to build his own arena in Timonium. Fat chance if he can't afford a new carpet. He doesn't deserve sellout crowds.
Eli Jacobs is also cheap. He's not going to raise Orioles ticket prices next year. However, in 1992, just wait to see what the suckers will have to pay in the new digs that didn't cost him a cent.
If you want to see hockey examples in this area, just attend a Skipjacks giveaway night and see the junk they foist on fans. I turn it down when they offer it to me. Last year, they charged $5 if you wanted the announcer to wish someone a happy birthday, and, for the first time, you had to pay for a team picture ($10). Yes, Tom Ebright fits right in with his buddies.
John J. Ralston Baltimore
Congratulations to the Orioles owners for discovering the secret to success, I mean wealth. Mr. Jacobs and company wisely have learned how to use the "middle-of-the-pack factor" to maximize profits and minimize expenses.
Very simply, this formula proves that there is a greater profit to be made in third, fourth or fifth place than there is in first, second, sixth or seventh place. Obviously, sixth or seventh eventually will cost you fans at the ballpark and, subsequently, -- lost revenue. You must provide an aggressive-enough team that will avoid the cellar. However, be careful not to approach first or second. This very well may indicate that your payroll is too high, and it is now time to unload some of your higher salaries (Phil Bradley will do.) You can even appease your fans by calling this a "youth movement." Yeah, they like that! You may even be lucky enough to win an arbitration case. More savings.
Fellow major-league owners should learn from our Orioles owners how to use this formula. They, too, can become richer and richer.
Barry Tilles Annapolis
The Redskins' loss to the Colts can be blamed on that clown called a coach. After driving down the field and using a lot of time, the Redskins wound up on the 5-yard line. They had third-and-two. So, after a successful drive on the ground, a pass was called. It missed. After the Redskins settled for a field goal, the score was 28-21. We all know what happened after that. The coach has made more than one mistake in many games this season, but that has to be classified as the dumbest.
Bob Crooks Baltimore
I have just finished the book "Fatso" by Artie Donovan, and I honestly can say it is the most outspoken and enjoyable book I have read.
Artie says he has lost a lot of friends by exposing them in his book. I can assure him he has gained a lot more friends than he lost. I would wager that there are many, many more tales that Artie could elaborate on and should consider another book.
In one of his chapters, he classes John Elway, Phil Simms and Joe Montana as "Surfers." After comparing them with Johnny Unitas, I would class them as sissies. Especially after a certain Monday night game in which Simms fell over his feet and took himself out of the game, knowing all too well he was losing and getting his butt kicked.
So, Artie, if you read this letter, go ahead and write another book and let it all hang out (again).
Bob Weis Baltimore
No vroom for racing?
I am writing to express my disappointment with The Sun's coverage of NASCAR racing. The NASCAR season came to a close in mid-November, and I hope that this letter will be read before it begins again in February 1991.
The Sun usually provides excellent sports coverage when it comes to baseball, football and basketball, but, for some reason, it seems to ignore NASCAR racing. The Monday sports section might have a short paragraph on NASCAR, but, some weeks, we're lucky if there is one or two sentences.
NASCAR is followed by a large number of sports fans, many in the Baltimore metro area. I never realized how many fans there were in Baltimore until one of the Ford dealerships brought Dale Earnhardt to town. You couldn't get on the parking lot or even on the side streets because there were so many people lined up just to meet and talk to these people. There was even a gas station that brought only the race car to town, and that caught attention as well.
When we go to the NASCAR race in Dover, Del., which usually attracts a sellout crowd, most of the cars on the parking lot have Maryland license plates. Even the race in February at Daytona Beach, Fla., is packed with cars from Maryland.
I don't think that I am alone in wanting to see better coverage of NASCAR racing by The Sun.
Linda Huntt Hampstead
It's money that matters
It is amusing to read articles by your staff and letters from fans concerning the obvious unwillingness of the Orioles to spend any money for available talent (I use the word talent with some reluctance). Come on, everyone, put yourself in Eli Jacobs' shoes. How do you think he became a multimillionaire or billionaire?
I seriously doubt he cares whether he ever gets to the playoffs, let alone the World Series. He wants to make money, period, and he obviously does not think the way to make money in baseball is to pay players salaries they in no way are worth. (I'll bet Cal Ripken will have problems with the Orioles when his present contract expires. Here's a guy who is a .250 hitter who can't hit in the clutch. Jacobs isn't going to pay him big bucks.)
The Orioles are a cinch to reach 2.5 million fans in 1991 and probably well over that when the new stadium opens in 1992, and for several years thereafter. So, tell me, why should Jacobs put out a lot of money for player salaries for the next three or four years? Would you, as a businessman, not as a fan?
Francis L. Sutton Pasadena
One of the great mysteries of our time is the recent collusion verdict handed down by the courts. How can some judge know anything about the inner workings of every baseball team? I really find it hard to believe that the late Edward Bennett Williams or people such as Robert Lurie of the Giants, just to mention a couple, were guilty of collusion? My question is: Why not just fine the known guilty teams? How can every team be guilty?
I want to congratulate the top brass of the Orioles for not throwing their money away on a bunch of spoiled boys. When other teams encounter financial problems in the near future, the Orioles, with money, will have the pick of the crop at the right prices. There is just no motivation for a player to get into the World Series when he makes $2 million a year. The payoff in the Series is peanuts.
I also want you to add my name to those who support Phil Wood as being by far and away the best sports talk host in this area.
Thomas H. Lawson Jr. Lutherville