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A fan no moreAfter this spitting incident,...

A fan no more

After this spitting incident, I am no longer a loyal Orioles fan, nor do I think baseball in general deserves any more respect from America. Not only am I still upset over the arrogant, greedy strike, but I am thoroughly disgusted that a blatant, total disrespect of authority smacks us in the face.

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What kind of example is this to our children?

The people of Baltimore owe it to themselves to put pressure on the Orioles to suspend the infamous spitter now -- not next spring!

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Jerome Lukas

Charlotte, N.C.

Designated spitter?

I have a suggestion. Before each Orioles game, the umpiring crew should choose an umpire to be a DS (designated spitter). Whenever Roberto Alomar commits an error, a chair should be brought to the mound.

Alomar, seated on the chair, would then be approached by the designated spitter, who would spit in his face in full view of all present, causing him the same humiliation he inflicted on umpire John Hirschbeck.

Then, at least, my 7-year-old grandson, if and when I ever choose to take him to another Orioles game, will see that ballplayers are not gods. but mere human beings, and some of them not very good at being that.

Frank J. Jablonski

Baltimore

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A good postseason

No domes, infield dirt and real grass. All eight playoff teams pass the test. It should be an enjoyable time this fall to watch baseball the way it was meant to be played.

Michael E. Weaver

Dover, Del.

Morris column out of bounds

Ken Rosenthal's Sept. 24 column, "Save outrage, Morris deserves a second chance," is flawed in its logic. For him to compare Bam Morris to Paul Molitor and Brett Favre is preposterous.

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Morris is a good player and will help the team win. If that is all that matters, maybe the Ravens should bring O. J. in to coach the running backs.

Will Trout

Baltimore

Wants more NASCAR

I am an avid baseball and football fan. I am also a NASCAR fan and would gladly give up a paragraph of football and baseball for the starting lineup of the NASCAR races on Sunday morning. It was disappointing recently when there wasn't a word about the Martinsville race. NASCAR is the fastest-growing sport today. Couldn't you find a reporter with a little interest in the thousands of NASCAR fans out there?

Baseball, football, basketball and most sports are kept up to date every day on television. NASCAR fans rely on the newspaper.

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Hope we can see more NASCAR news in The Sun.

Mary Ellen Phillips

Forest Hill

What's with Buster?

What gives with Buster Olney? His descriptions -- and I use the word loosely -- leave one disappointed and frustrated. Is he in the press box or in the dressing room? One would never know from reading his material.

His accounts of action on the field are miniscule or completely lacking. Take the Aug. 30 game. The only description of Orioles scoring in a 7-6 game pointed to three home runs, and that was mentioned only in connection with setting a record for homers.

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The article was replete with managers walking back and forth to the mound; a pitcher's activity in the trainer's room; managerial mental meanderings; and a full measure of thought-provoking comments from Olney himself.

We deserve better.

Abner Kaplan

Baltimore

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Pub Date: 10/06/96


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