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Letters to the editor 9/2

September 02, 2002

Baseball is forgetting its fans



To the editor:


I just finished listening to a sportswriter from the New York Post and his opinion of the strike and its causes and effects. The news commentator asked him about the good old days of the Negro League and other old time comparisons.

Well, this sportscaster was about 42 to 45 years old (my guess) and at best he can relate to baseball from the mid-1960s to present.

True, I am older than he is but I am lucky enough to have been in New York during what I consider the golden age of baseball - the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers were always in the thick of the race and there was Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter, Marty Marion, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Jackie Robinson and on and on and on.

I don't say that these men played the game strictly for the sake of the game - they played for the money also, but not at the expense of the fans. I don't whitewash the greedy owners either; they deserve our wrath.

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However, the escalation of the player salaries and television rights for the owners has taken the game and made it monetarily out of the reach of the most ardent supporters, the kids. They continue to look up to the players as their idols. I can remember when every kid in the neighborhood knew what Mantle, Mays and Snyder did the day before: 0 for 4, 2 for 5, now batting 302, 310 and 308 respectively.

Don't think that the respect for players rested just in the three New York teams. Every Dodger fan was hoping that Robin Roberts pitched in Philly yesterday so when he came to Ebbits field tomorrow he would be sitting down. And boy, what heated discussions. The real love of the game starts and remains in those kids who become adults

According to the Post writer, the greed is justified because all the money is there. Maybe it shouldn't be there. I really think that there isn't a baseball player in the majors who couldn't live on $1 million a year without having to get a night job to supplement his income. Who does everybody think is really, in the final analysis, paying for this?

The fans. I for one would like to see the fans take "their game" back from the owners and the players, ask Congress to change the tax status of the game and perhaps even start it all over again (new leagues?). Tell the local politicians "Hey, they don't even own their stadiums, we the people do."

Is it any wonder there are people around the world who view us as the greedy Americans and that we have had some of our recent problems? We are becoming morally bankrupt. We are like piranha, we devour our own with greed.

Lynn Dick

Williamsport




Lots of heroes in community



To the editor:


A couple of weekends ago, driving northbound on I-81, I drove over a tire tread which caused me to lose control of my car, which resulted in a nasty accident. Amazingly - some may say miraculously - a bruise on my leg constituted the extent of my injuries (even if my car illustrated a different story).

Although physically unhurt, I still required assistance with jittery nerves and all the intricacies involved in the aftermath of such an accident. I wish to express my gratitude to the multitude of people from your community who took time to provide said help:

Dianna Kilham, Ellie Lawson, paramedics Freddie and Dan, two other gentlemen whose names are unknown to me (one arriving on a motorcycle), the staff at Washington County Hospital and all those others whose names I did not learn but whose effort I genuinely appreciate.

After that day, I was left with a deeper resonance of words I read long ago: "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers" (Tennessee Williams). In short, thank you, Hagerstown.

Tricia Pino

Syracuse, N.Y.

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