- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 2, 2000

The "boys of summer" open a new season tomorrow, and there is one thing baseball fans throughout the Washington area must understand:
Every ticket bought by them for a Baltimore Orioles game is a vote against having their own Major League team.
But I would never advocate a boycott of the Orioles, because that would be wrong.
I realize there is a great hunger to watch the national game being played at its highest level, but it still is hard to understand why anyone in the District and its suburbs would want to line the pockets of an owner known far and wide as George Steinbrenner South.
Of course, I would never advocate a boycott of the Orioles, because that would be wrong.
And it is hard to understand why people in this area would want to help pay the athletes that Mr. Steinbrenner South has hired, a collection of ballplayers off their recent record who are overrated, overpaid and over there.
Of course, I would never advocate a boycott of the Orioles, because that would be wrong.
There is no way a Baltimore franchise can replace a Washington team in the hearts of area fans any more than the Washington Redskins could replace the Colts for Baltimore fans of the National Football league team.
Of course, I would never advocate a boycott of the Orioles, because that would be wrong.
Having our own Major League baseball team inside the Beltway would be a great unifying adventure for the Washington region, even more so than the Redskins have been. Football is basically a bad weather sport that appeals to masochists. Baseball appeals to our better natures, our good weather natures, and fills a hole that has been gaping in this area for all the warm summers since the senators fled to Texas.
Of course, I would never advocate a boycott of the Orioles, because that would be wrong.
The latest trend in stadium building has been to locate these arena downtown or as close to downtown as possible where they can serve as rallying points for their regions, which has been the case of the Orioles at Camden Yards as well as in other cities across the nation.
Of course, I would never advocate boycott of the Orioles, because that would be wrong.
When I was growing up in Alexandria, trips to old Griffith Stadium, first with my father and then by myself, added magic to happy summers. Later, I took my children to RFK Stadium, and the magic came again. I hate it that so many of our children are now missing that magic.
Of course, I would never advocate boycott of the Orioles, because that would be wrong.
So, to re-emphasize: Every ticket bought by area fans for a Baltimore Orioles' game is a vote against having their own Major League team.
But I would never advocate a boycott of the Orioles, because that would be wrong.


Stroube Smith is a copy editor for The Washington Times and a freelance writer.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide