Don't dwell on negativeWhy do the media...


Don't dwell on negative

Why do the media dwell on the fact that Cal Ripken has the lowest career batting average among the 3,000-hit club members?

Ripken's .278 career average is remarkable in and of itself considering the following:

He won two Most Valuable Player awards, a Rookie of the Year award and slugged more than 400 home runs in his quest for 3,000 hits.

He set major-league offensive and defensive records at shortstop -- arguably the game's most difficult position to play -- as he marched toward 3,000.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Ripken also break some consecutive-games record as he accumulated the majority of his 3,000 hits?

Mel Tansill, Catonsville

Show some consideration

Joe Foss, the Orioles' CEO, stated last Sunday that Orioles fans had to have faith in owner Peter Angelos and the Orioles operation -- that the club had to be "fiscally" responsible but would bring a winning team to Baltimore.

Monday, April 17, was a rainy, windy, bad-weather day, yet the Orioles waited until 7: 12 p.m. to postpone the game.

Consideration goes two ways. The Orioles need to show more to the fans if they expect the same back.

Henry Jackson, Towson

B. Robinson is true treasure

There is no other person that deserves to share the spotlight with Cal Ripken more than his counterpart in grace and style, Brooks Robinson, who was so eloquently written about in John Steadman's column last Sunday.

Brooks has been and will always remain one of Baltimore's treasures. He has touched the lives of so many, including myself, with his untiring, unselfish commitment to helping make our town a better place to live.

Steadman's assessment is right on: Decency, refinement, consideration and dignity on behalf of others set Brooks Robinson apart.

Lance Berkowitz, Pikesville

Steadman column is right on

What a beautifully crafted column by John Steadman in the April 16 newspaper on the day after Cal Ripken's 3,000th hit, to remind us of the bygone days of Brooks Robinson. I feel very grateful to have witnessed the playing days of both great players.

I was fortunate enough to meet Brooks after his playing days were over and was greatly impressed with his warmth as a human being as he spoke to the gathered crowd in the basement of the Glen Burnie Methodist Church. What a fine person. Cal is of the same mold.

Thank you, John Steadman, for what I consider your best column ever.

Ron Armstrong, Baltimore

Good press for NASCAR

I'm writing to thank Sandra McKee for all her coverage of NASCAR racing.

I grew up in South Boston, Va., home of Ward and Jeff Burton, and attended races every Saturday night starting at a very early age.

We have lived in Baltimore for 13 years, and I'm glad the see the popular Southern sport getting some good press.

Kimberly Lewis, Lutherville

Kayaking coverage appreciated

Thanks for covering our sport of kayaking, and for focusing on one of the hundreds of athletes who participate for the love of the game.

We sometimes lament the lack of fame and fortune that renders us unable to support our top athletes as well as we would like; but we have other riches -- such as the presence of people like Craig Law, who exemplify sportsmanship and the competitive spirit.

Rich Kulawiec, Chadd's Ford, Pa.

Note: The writer is on the board of directors of the National Whitewater Slalom Committee.

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