A year ago, readers of this space believed Washington was 50-50 to be the relocation site of the last-place Montreal Expos over the objections of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos. Today, the first-place Washington Nationals are averaging more than 30,000 fans per game at RFK Stadium while the Orioles, more than holding their own on the field, also are drawing more than 30,000 fans per game. For once, reason and justice prevailed.

These days umpires seem to be very slow to call games when storms are brewing. At RFK Wednesday night they waited too long to get the tarp on the field properly. Apparently the same thing happened in Miami two nights before. It seems in days of yore players were much quicker to be pulled off the field by the umpires when the rains came. Baseball was different than football then and is less so now as you see games being played in driving rain. Do you really want players or groundskeepers on the field if lightning is ready to strike?

Mike Mosettig, Washington

You are right. Teams seem to do anything to avoid calling a game because of rain. The reason: money.

I think you were dead right to suggest last week the Caps lower ticket prices for the coming season. And bring back Peter Bondra, for the love of all things holy!

I also noticed that you mentioned D.C. United and Freddy Adu last week. While Freddy struggled with the U.S. under-20 team, I think he did as much as anyone to contribute to the beating he took in the press with his "I had a terrible tournament" comment. The kid is just having a bad run.

But I take issue with demands that the team play him. Especially for the reason you gave, that he would leave. Where will he go? FIFA doesn't allow players to change countries until they're 18.

Jason Anderson, Berwyn Heights

Unhappy athletes who want to leave a team eventually find a way to do just that, regardless of their contracts. United needs to keep this young man happy; it's time to play him more.

You made the statement in your column last Sunday that "the NHL could learn from the NBA." You've got it backwards! The NBA has already learned from the NHL's mistake. That's why there will be an NBA season.

Glen Klitz, Remington

The big question is what did the NHL learn?