Begging to differ on Davis
In response to Whitey Morris' letter in the May 17 edition of The Sun:
Glenn Davis is not only a team player, but he is also the rare type of player who is capable of carrying a team . . . when healthy. Granted, he has not yet been able to play everyday first base, he has not yet produced the numbers at the plate we had hoped for, but that time is coming. Witness Davis' recent RBI production.
For Morris to say, "Davis has not meant anything to this team . . . he is not a team player . . . we surely have not missed him . . . " is ridiculous.
By the end of this year, everyone will see what Davis' former fans always knew: He is a winner.
Richard T. Chizmar
New Orioles draw raves
The only thing I got out of Stephen McKeown's letter of May 3 was: He's living in the glory days of past Orioles teams and seems to have a personal vendetta against Joe Orsulak and Brady Anderson.
Sure, past Orioles teams have won pennants and World Series, but that's history. New dynasties need time to build and grow. Baltimore is in that process now. This season shows that growth and a glimpse of the success waiting within our reach.
Wake up, take a look at what's been happening in Oriole Park and elsewhere.
You want David Justice, Kirby Puckett or Bobby Bonilla? Turn the channel. Give me Orsulak, Anderson, Cal Ripken and the rest of the Orioles any day.
Orsulak has a job to do and he does it 200 percent. His hitting streak last year was the best on the team, plus he led the league in assists. He may not have a .300 batting average, but his .277 average is respectable. Joe is a gutsy player and a pleasure to watch in right field.
Why trash Anderson? I wonder if McKeown knows which player is Brady. For the record, he's the one with sideburns, plays an excellent left field and wears No. 9.
Contending for first place is not bad in my book. An average team with average players? Give me a break! There's nothing average about this team. Johnny Oates and the coaching staff have done an excellent job. Yes, I'm excited and happy. Why shouldn't I be?
Janet M. Lennox
Glen Burnie In his letter of May 10, Robert Brumback admits "mussel 'hitchhiking' on trailered boats has been targeted as the prime mechanism for spread" of the zebra mussel. He also writes, "Restricting all trailered boat traffic from our reservoirs would eliminate the most likely source . . . of . . . infestation." Later he said that "the recent DPW decision punishes responsible users of the Baltimore watershed for fear of the unconscionable few who knowingly abuse our water system."
Those points are really a sound argument for the city's stand. Of course, the city can't control every possible source of infestation (waterfowl, for example), but it does take the strongest step it can by controlling boat usage, the most likely source. Brumback asks for guarantees; the real world does the best it can.
Further, what is gained by admitting boats from responsible individuals if, as the letter tells us an "unconscionable few . . . would . . . abuse"? I don't know of any minimum number of the pest necessary to begin an infestation.
Regardless of points of argument, how can there be any doubt in comparing the recreational pleasure of relatively few boat owners with the water supply for, as Brumback points out, 1.5 million people -- one of which, incidentally, as a resident of Phoenix, he is not? I would suggest that his priorities are not
quite the same as those who depend upon the city's water supply.
Charles F. Nelker
Does MLB ring a bell?
I have a question for Chuck Frainie, who wrote in a letter May 17 that the Major Soccer League isn't a major league if it has to have "Major" in its name: I couldn't care less about the Blast, Mr. Frainie, but tell me, have you ever heard of Major League Baseball?
Paul E. Milligan
MSL is no major league
I am writing in support of Russell Voight's letter of May 3 about the "Mediocre" Soccer League. Here's my viewpoint:
Every summer, the owners' committee demands that the so-called MISL Players' Association accept a pay cut or the league will fold. Class act! That's not the way professional sports should be run, and it hardly boosts fan support and credibility.
My company had season tickets for the Blast for several $H seasons. We couldn't give tickets away. The loud music was played through the whole game, as well as the babbling announcer counting the goals out loud. This might be great for kids, but this gets tiresome rather quickly for corporate support (adults).
MSL officials won't consider merging with the NPSL indoor soccer league, calling it a "minor league." Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black? Wake up and try looking in the mirror.
Lemieux does merit protection
In response to the letter in The Sun on May 17 stating that Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins gets royal treatment, I would like to say that hockey's version of Michael Jordan and Larry Bird all wrapped up in one package deserves much more protection than he's getting.
If Michael Jordan were undercut going in for a dunk, the player responsible probably would be banished from the NBA for life. A four-game suspension for a man doing his impersonation of a Mickey Mantle home run swing on Lemieux's hand is barely a slap on the wrist.
The letter does confirm something I surmised for a long time. Most "hockey fans" in the Baltimore area appreciate the thuggery that exists in the game rather than the grace and skill a special athlete like Lemieux brings. Finally, ask any of the Washington Capitals players who the best defensive forward in their playoff series with the Penguins was, and I'm sure Lemieux's name will be predominant.