Columnists strike out with Baltimore fans

So, Laura Vecsey had a "fun" weekend watching the New York Yankees' most recent humiliation of the Orioles at Camden Yards ["Even in defeat, it was electric weekend for O's vs. N.Y.," Aug. 18]. How wonderful for her!

No one around here cares if the home team gets bludgeoned as long as non-native sportswriters are entertained.

It's unfortunate that Vecsey arrived here after the downtown train tunnel fire two summers ago. That was another Baltimore disaster she no doubt would have relished.

This columnist continues to prove that she is completely out of touch with her readership.

Still, her New York-centric ramblings are preferable to the prejudice of Mike Preston. For evidence of the above, refer to his insulting, race-baiting screed in the Eddie Murray special section a few weeks ago ["Star deserved far better than treatment he got," July 27].

Here's a novel idea for The Sun. Try hiring a columnist who doesn't have utter contempt for Baltimore sports fans.

Don Brizendine Baltimore

Playing games on road unfair to Poly players

In regard to the article "Poor field forces move of Poly home games" on Wednesday, I find the comment from the city schools public relations director that Poly's field must wait in line behind other city school projects to be retaliatory.

The athletic director said that he took sole responsibility for using the donated soil. Therefore, you have your culprit, not the students.

It is unfair for all the football team's home games to be on the road. Hey, we're talking about dirt here. Whatever the specifications, get some dirt to meet them, and let's play ball.

Don't inconvenience the students because of the transgressions of administrators.

Olivia Robinson Baltimore

Puerto Rican players are not foreigners

I was chagrined by Joe Christensen's article regarding foreign players on the Orioles ["O's foreign legion 'coming on strong,'" Aug. 17].

Please tell Mr. Christensen that Puerto Rico is a self-governing part of the United States, is represented in the House of Representatives and is subject to the provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

Luis Matos and Jose Leon are not foreign.

Emma S. Vaughan Columbia

It is becoming more and more obvious that this year's Orioles are doing their usual end-of-the- year collapse.

So, one of two things is true. Either the players are just bad, a real possibility, or the manager isn't keeping the players focused, which is also a real possibility.

You can't fire all the players, a real shame, but you can fire the manager.

I don't have the answer, but Orioles management had better or, next year, the team won't even finish ahead of Tampa Bay.

John C. Clarke Sr. Bradenton, Fla.

You can blame Angelos for decline of Orioles

The Orioles are heading toward another season below .500. In listening to talk radio, I always hear about how the team needs a new manager, more talent, better pitching, more consistency, but I never hear any of these "experts" call for Peter Angelos to sell the team.

In the better part of a decade, his organization has turned what was once considered to be perhaps the best organization in baseball into a consistently subpar, mediocre laughingstock that has become nothing more than a farm club for major league contenders.

Jack Letzer Ellicott City

Rose shows nothing but contempt for game

In Peter Schmuck's Aug. 17 baseball column ["Consider Rose's debt paid"], he touted installing Pete Rose into the game's Hall of Fame.

And why? Because "Charlie Hustle," through his well-earned banishment from the game and the Hall for 14 years, has paid his debt to baseball.

After all, Schmuck retorts, Rose has more hits than anyone else in history, the Hall "is full of people who didn't always meet the smell test," and he was nice to a young Dusty Baker, who now allows, as a wise manager, that Rose "loved baseball."

Rose may have loved playing baseball, but he has shown nothing but contempt for the game. He was contemptuous of the spirit of the All-Star Game back when it was an exhibition; he was contemptuous of all the sport stood for when he gambled on the game as an active manager; and he is contemptuous toward the terms of his own settlement with baseball.

If Rose loved the game, he would own up to what he did to tarnish it and show remorse for dragging it though the muck.

Ron Zuskin Towson

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