We Cub fans are down every year about this time. Do you have to mock us? For shame!
PAUL TOEPFER, SPRINGFIELD, ILL.
I must compliment you on the most creative, humorous and thoroughly enjoyable article ever to appear in your magazine, Richard Hoffer's account of the imaginary finish to the 1994 baseball season (Too Good to Be True, Aug. 22). Holler's rendition of the exploits of Tony Gwynn, Chuck Knoblauch, Matt Williams and Mitch Williams was hilarious.
JAMES E. ISMAN, Northfield, N.J.
If it took the strike to produce Hoffer's article, then I'm all for it. This was heart-pounding reading, the Dream Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs that my sons and I have always talked about. If baseball is resumed this year, it will be anticlimactic.
GEORGE W. SAMMET, Acton, Mass.
Even in the land of make-believe, the Red Sox were denied the big prize. Thanks. SI—for nothing.
ROSS WEILAND, Forest Hills, N.Y.
Apparently the Cubs prevailed by having Mark Grace bat out of turn when he hit his home run in Game 6. According to your account of that game, Grace made the second out in the 10th and then homered in the 11th for the Chicago win. By the time Grace's turn would have come up in the 11th, the Cubs would have had to have scored already.
BRYANT STEELE, Atlanta
?We've reviewed the tape and the box score of the game, and you're absolutely right. Good catch. Too bad the Red Sox didn't notice at the time.—ED.
How could you have failed to mention David Cone's becoming the first pitcher since Johnny Vander Meer to throw back-to-back no-hitters—and his amazing 23-6 record and American League-leading 2.10 earned run average?
MICHAEL BRANDT, San Diego
Who could have asked for a better finish than Cubs versus Red Sox? But Hoffer left out something important. Who were the Cy Young winners, MVPs, Rookies of the Year and Comeback Players of the Year?
PATTERSON SHEDD, Mobile, Ala.
Hoffer failed to mention the losing pitcher in the Giants' Oct. 3 playoff-game win over the Dodgers. Could it have been that Los Angeles, in need of bullpen help, re-signed Tom Niedenfuer to pitch in the finale?
DARREN MILLER, Tipton, Iowa
Although I was disappointed that the Baltimore Orioles did not finish better than they did, thanks for closing the loop on the 1994 season. Just one question: May I assume that Cal Ripken's iron-man streak is still alive?
BILL ESHELMAN, Arlington, Va.