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More raves for Orsulak, Brady

I am writing to express my agreement with Janet M. Lennox's letter of May 24.

Joe Orsulak and Brady Anderson are two of my favorite Orioles. Both show up to play every day. I feel baseball needs more players like them. I am also excited and happy with this season. Let's hope it continues.

Eric L. Smith

Baltimore

Let's get Ripken deal done

The Orioles are to be commended for Oriole Park at Camden Yards. However, they have overlooked the bright light inside the gem -- that being Cal Ripken. The citizens of Baltimore (and all of Maryland) are proud of our hometown, home-grown hero. He represents not only the best baseball has to offer, but also the best the Orioles can send to the field to play every day.

As Mike Littwin wrote in The Sun on May 24, it's a crying shame that the negotiations to rewrite Ripken's contract have gone on as long as they have. The longer he remains unsigned, the worse his future as an Oriole looks. It's frustrating for Ripken's fans to stand by and wait, when there is nothing we can really do. The Orioles have gotten off to a phenomenal start, both financially and competitively, but the success the Orioles are enjoying right now will be greatly tested if their prize gets away.

If Eli Jacobs and Larry Lucchino want to keep filling their beautiful stadium, they need to make sure they have the player we all want most to see. We want to watch Ripken play as an Oriole, and I'm not optimistic that this will continue to be so.

The owners need to realize the example Ripken sets. He plays every day, he is a team player and an upstanding citizen. His personal life is as exemplary as his baseball life. He is as wholesome as the milk he drinks.

If someone like Ripken is not important enough to stretch the bank account to keep on our team, perhaps no athlete is. Baseball is a business, as Jacobs knows, and he will have to pay to uphold the quality of his product.

Ruth M. Fleishman

Baltimore

Miller isn't where action is

When is Jon Miller going to learn to announce a game? He talks about everything except what's going on at the game. He talks so much between pitches that one has to think the pitcher went to sleep. He rambles on and on about a player of 15 or 20 years ago, what's going on in the league, scores, et cetera. Who cares? Pay attention to the Orioles game. He is not the best announcer.

Bob Crooks

Baltimore

Thanks for job well-done

I just wanted to say thanks to all of the Orioles players. I think they've done a great job. Anyone who disagrees obviously doesn't understand what these guys are doing. I mean, you try to catch a ball in the stands like Brady Anderson or Mike Devereaux. I honestly think this is one of the best teams we've had in a long time. They've done a wonderful job and I stand behind them 100 percent.

Lisa Canoles

Baltimore

Newman's the answer for Blast

I am writing in support of Andy McCord's letter of May 24. There is a reason my company couldn't give away Blast tickets, either. The Blast is fond of acquiring players who play well against its "great" system. Why not acquire the coach who owns the Blast and the rest of the league?

Ron Newman's string of world championships is of Hall of Fame caliber, and he gets little publicity because of what inferior management has done to a great sport. I've talked to too many season-ticket holders who feel Kenny Cooper's obsession with beating Newman holds the Blast back against his team.

Go after Newman, Mr. Hale. I'm glad you dropped out of the race to own an NFL team.

Mike Schnitzer

Baltimore

Hale-storm hits the Blast

Once upon a time, I had season tickets to Ed Hale's Baltimore Blast. During halftime of a game, I vainly tried to congratulate Mr. Hale on his research of a proposed arena located in Timonium. I was rudely dismissed with a statement that I write to The Sun, requesting better coverage for his team.

Edwin, I'm now writing and wondering why, all season, your team groped for a consistent goal scorer. You had Paul Wright, a young superstar and proven scorer, but because he beat you legally at arbitration, your inflated ego couldn't absorb it and you gave him to San Diego for nothing (assuring it of another title). Edwin, in your first year as Blast owner, after losing to San Diego in the finals, you refused the second-place trophy! What a class act!

Instead of following your shortcomings as a sports owner, I'd rather read the Business section about the demise of Baltimore Bancorp since you took over.

Bruce Anoff

Owings Mills

Face it: Blast was mediocre

I can't believe it's being said the Blast had a successful season. I don't call finishing fourth in a seven-team league, with a poor record, an even average year.

Let's examine the facts. The Blast basically backed into the playoffs, with the Wichita Wings and Cleveland Crunch losing key games down the stretch, this all coming after an inconsistent year when goal-scoring was at a minimum. In the first round of playoffs, the Blast was steam-rolled by the San Diego Sockers, four games to one, and adding insult to injury, was swept at home. Please don't add further insult to an intelligent fan's credibility.

Scott Taylor

Baltimore

Did Hopkins have 11th man?

I can't believe the refereeing that took place on May 2, when the Towson State lacrosse team played at Johns Hopkins. Those referees must have had their eyes closed.

Soon after the coach of Towson came out to complain about some calls, it seemed to me, the referees closed their eyes to calls that should have been made, and opened them only to call penalties on the Towson players.

At one point, one of the referees stopped the game, called a Towson State player over and started to measure his stick. Next, the other referee also took the stick and did the same thing. It took three to five minutes for this and the people in the stands started to boo the referees. In my opinion the referees just wanted Hopkins to win.

Gail Johnson

Baltimore

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