Talkbackers can feel a decision in the wind. Will Commissioner Bud Selig relocate the Montreal Expos to Washington or Northern Virginia? Or will Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos convince Selig the Washington area belongs to the Orioles?
The Orioles are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Do you know who you can thank for the Orioles even existing? The Washington Senators. It was the Senators' ownership that allowed the St. Louis Browns to move to Baltimore and become the Baltimore Orioles! The Griffith family could have voted against it. It was another American League team and the Senators had veto power. But the Senators let the Baltimore Orioles in. Now it's time to return the favor.
Carol L. Allen, Manassas
Do not expect Angelos to take the high road in this process. He's had every opportunity to do that.
I hope Peter Angelos was paying attention at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday where Red Sox fans decisively outnumbered Orioles fans. And he's complaining about a D.C. team threatening his fan base?
Paul J. Nuty, Washington
If Angelos is concerned about losing Red Sox fans if the Washington area gets the NL Expos, he need not worry. Red Sox fans will go to Baltimore, regardless of the NL Expos in the Washington area. What he should worry about is the quality of the Baltimore ballclub.
It still amazes me that anyone in support of D.C. baseball has the nerve to criticize Peter Angelos for his attempts at justifying the financial detriment to Baltimore should the D.C. area be awarded the Expos. Does anyone remember that on Nov. 30, 1993, the Redskins, under Jack Kent Cooke, attempted to make good on their claim of regional control for the Redskins by moving his team to Laurel to stop Baltimore's NFL expansion bid? At least admit the Orioles are doing nothing more -- and far less -- than the Redskins did under similar circumstances.
Andy Hare, Arlington
The late Jack Kent Cooke was looking for a new stadium site and Laurel was a possibility, until his efforts ran into roadblocks and he eventually settled on Landover. At no time did the NFL consider giving the Redskins the Baltimore territory, regardless of Cooke's desires.