I don't see any peace doves coming out of my Talkbackers, who must be watching too much Stanley Cup hockey they're so chippy. Some for baseball in D.C., some against. Open the penalty box and let's go.
What route did you use to get to Camden Yards in 90 minutes? My son and I went last Thursday night. We left at 5:10 and despite premium parking we weren't in our seats until 7:45. I curse Clark Griffith (the late owner of the Washington Senators) for letting the Orioles ever come here (1954). If it wasn't for the Orioles, we'd have had the Expos here years ago.
Douglas Green, Washington
Unlike some of my lawyer friends in Baltimore, I don't begrudge Baltimore its baseball team. We can live together in peace and two leagues.
In your column last Sunday, you wrote about the big crowds at last week's Orioles-Yankees series and asked, "If Washington had a National League team on the road this week, would the crowds have been smaller?" You then answered your own question, "I doubt it."
You are wrong.
You can advocate a team in Washington if you want, but please be honest about the adverse effect this will have on the Orioles. There are many people who will no longer travel to Baltimore if there is a team in Washington. This would be the case even when a popular AL team like the Yankees or Red Sox came to Washington for interleague play.
George O. Ackerman, Bethesda
The NL Expos aren't in Washington yet, and you're worried about them playing the Yankees and Red Sox? Baltimore and Washington are two separate markets, and the teams would be in different leagues. Also, the Yankees and Red Sox have such strong followings, they would still draw in Baltimore, even if they had interleague games in Washington. As for a team in Washington hurting the Baltimore franchise, my response is as long as the Orioles are competitive, they will draw.
With all due respect, D.C. does not deserve or need a baseball team. The Orioles are a cornerstone franchise who play in a magnificent stadium with loyal fans. D.C. has lost major league teams twice before, and what evidence is there to prove it can now support a team? Baltimore will once again drive baseball out of D.C. if it does come to the area. This is not pro football. Two major league teams cannot coexist within 40 miles of each other regardless of how long it takes get to the ballpark. That said, I guarantee you that the Orioles will finish in the top 10 in attendance this year and draw very near to 3 million fans. If the Expos move to D.C., despite the loyalty of the Orioles' fans, the team's attendance will suffer.
I am a diehard Orioles fan, as well as a Redskins fan. I am currently in law school and know how to look at both sides of an argument. I truly believe that Peter Angelos has a strong case to keep a team out of Washington.
Doug Webb, Pocomoke, Md.
Doug, if I may be so bold, if you get that law degree and pass the Maryland bar exam, I know a law firm in Baltimore that might give your resume a look. That said, I think your case is weak and misguided, at best. Commissioner Selig has to look at the big picture: Does he simply want to placate Peter Angelos or make the right decision for Major League Baseball and a region of 4.5 million people?