My thanks to Tom Verducci for his tribute to the Mariners' dream season (Marinermania, Feb. 5). It was an incredible experience, one I will never forget, to have a pennant race in Seattle. With memories of the strike, the franchise in jeopardy of being moved and 18 seasons of futility working against them, the '95 Mariners made a baseball town out of Seattle. Now if we can just keep the Seahawks around, we might have something here.
BEN BRIGHTWELL Bothell, Wash.
I cried with joy when Ken Griffey Jr. scored the winning run in that epic fifth game against the Yankees, and I weep still each time I watch the highlight tape. Darned if your article didn't get me teary-eyed again. Thank you!
SAM VAN FLEET, Seattle
If acting baseball commissioner Bud Selig and player's union leader Donald Fehr have any questions about how much the national pastime is loved, they should read this article. But a new season is starting, and these gentlemen and their respective camps are not close to an agreement. They like to talk about all the good things in baseball, like Cleveland's having already sold out all its 1996 home games. They don't mention that the Reds had 15,000 no-shows during the playoffs last year. The playoffs! Yet through all the lockouts, strikes and name-calling, fans keep coming back. How many more times will fans let the owners and players step on them?
JERRY W. HARPER, Lenexa, Kans.