It's easy to forgive Alomar, but we should never forget his action and the league's inaction.
WILSON TOUDOUZE, SAN ANTONIO
The Spitting Incident
Sure, Roberto Alomar's punishment was laughable ( Public Enemy No. 1, Oct. 14), but what he went through has probably more than made up for that.
JEREMY SPIVEY, Lakeland, Fla.
Is one mistake going to cost Alomar his reputation? It would be one thing if he showed no remorse, but he has publicly apologized—to the fans, to the Baltimore Orioles and, most important, to John Hirschbeck. And Hirschbeck, a class umpire through and through, publicly forgave Alomar. Who are we to drag this episode through the mud over and over?
JOHN KOH, Northridge, Calif.
I suspect that the umpires will eventually extract their pound of flesh. The strike zone has never had absolute boundaries; how many times will Alomar be seen not quite beating out a close throw running the bases? American League president Gene Budig may not have the backbone to punish Alomar for his despicable act, but the umpires, without risking a shred of their credibility, can teach Alomar a lesson.
BOB SHORT, Reno
The great sadness of the lamentable Alomar spitting incident is that we did not hear so much as a peep from the Orioles' owners and manager implying that they would discipline their player. That would have been the appropriate solution.
BERT SHRINE JR., Pensacola, Fla.
Alomar waited for three days before apologizing; then he offered a canned response from the Orioles. I lost all interest in baseball after the strike, and this incident just added more fuel to my fire of dislike of the game.
LANCE E. WILLIAMS, Menlo Park, Calif.
"Budig strikes out" and "ludicrous, galling, appalling" and "the most reviled man in baseball," all your words. I couldn't agree more. So why did you give Alomar the gift of a coveted SI cover? Get real, guys.
MORTON W. DANN, Boulder, Colo.
In 1909 umpire Timothy Hurst was thrown out of baseball for spitting at Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia Athletics. I think turnabout is fair play and Alomar should be banned.
RORY HOXIE, San Antonio
Thanks for the inspirational article on Danny Wuerffel (Answered Prayer, Oct. 14). With athletes like Roberto Alomar, Michael Irvin and Bam Morris dominating the news, it is nice to know that there are Danny Wuerffels out there.
ED KERTIS, Fort Leavenworth, Kans.
William Nack's fawning article on Danny Wuerffel perfectly illustrates the tendency of Americans to lionize the Christian athlete. In my book anyone who thinks he "talks to God" is so divorced from reality as to be in need of professional help.
RON A. LARSEN, Plattsmouth, Neb.