I think people are overreacting to the Roberto Alomar incident and need to get their priorities straight. I have never heard such invective spewed out on the radio talk shows or printed in the newspapers. This is ridiculous.
Alomar committed a rude act. He didn't bash the umpire over the head with his bat or shoot him or knife him -- he spit in his face. A childish thing to do. The umpire only made things worse by charging into the Orioles' clubhouse and threatening to kill Alomar. Maybe they should both be suspended for a few games.
People need to lighten up. I do not condone what Alomar did. He was wrong. But was it an unforgivable act? Of course not.
Frances W. Jordan
Incident shows arrogance
Now that the Roberto Alomar incident has provided clear proof of the arrogance that exists within the Major League Baseball Players Association, I find it easier to feel sorry for the apparently hypnotized loyal baseball fans.
Richard S. Payne
Baltimore owed an apology
The vilification of Baltimore by the national sports media, which began with the announcement of the Browns' move here, reached hysterical proportions this past Sunday, when, on ESPNs "The Sports Reporters," Dick Schaap compared the cheering of Roberto Alomar by Orioles fans to the cheering of the murderers of civil-rights workers by white Southerners in the 1960s.
One can only surmise what Baltimore and Alomar will be compared to should they have the audacity to beat Schaap's beloved Yankees in the American League Championship Series. probably will go right up there with the Kennedy and King assassins, the perpetrators of the Holocaust and the Oklahoma City bombers.
One can only hope this thrashing of Baltimore, which has been enthusiastically engaged in by ESPN and other national sports reporters, will be remembered by the Baltimore players, fans and even the hospitality industry in town when these "kick them when they are down and kiss up to them when they are up" know-nothings come to Baltimore for the ALCS. No one from ESPN should be able to interview a player, rent a room, catch a cab, or get a cup of coffee in this town until we get an on-air " apology from the president of the network.
M. Thomas Myers
Leave stats aside, Davey
Davey Johnson took the ball out of his best pitcher's hands in each of his last two starts. The first time, he took away Mike Mussina's chance for a 20-win season. The last time, he took away the best chance the Orioles had to sweep the Indians in the playoffs.
Johnson pulled Mussina against the Indians because of the pitch count and because Kenny Lofton has gone only 1-for-7 against Jesse Orosco lifetime. Sheesh!!! Righty against righty, lefty against lefty, and on and on. Johnson has shown more faith in statistics than in his players and their desire to win. Baseball isn't just numbers, it's adrenalin. It's letting your best pitcher win the big one. Jim Palmer would have been lucky to win 100 games in the majors if managers managed then the way they do now.
Davey, start using your instincts and put the stat sheets away until you take Statistics 101.
Ravens catch his fancy
I have been a loyal 49ers fan just about my entire life. However, I have become intrigued by the Ravens. I love Ted Marchibroda as coach and I feel that he will transform them into a contending team in a short time. Since Elvis Grbac is doing such a fine job in San Francisco, maybe we could persuade them to trade us Steve Young for Vinny Testaverde.
Pub Date: 10/13/96