It's about time someone made fun of Beanie Babies (THE LIFE OF REILLY, July 20), the dumbest fad since the Power Rangers. Anyone who fights over those things should be forced to read Pack Reilly's column, then watch him burn all the Beanie Babies people are sending him. Uh, you are burning them, right, Rick?
JASON WALDMAN, Cranberry Township, Pa.
With all that is wrong in sports, players and owners should be grateful for anything that brings fans to the game, even a Beanie Baby.
LAURA MIMICS, Crystal Lake, Ill.
It is hypocritical of baseball phenom J.D. Drew to speak of his "passion" for the game when he willingly subjugates that passion for the sake of a contract he has yet to earn (INSIDE BASEBALL, July 20). Scott Boras, you and your client have shown the ability to make even greedy owners look sympathetic.
WAYNE HADDY, Marion, Iowa
Drew could have been a hero for tomorrow's Little Leaguers. Instead, the world sees him for what he truly is—a selfish brat.
JIM ZAWROTNY, Corpus Christi, Texas
Tim Layden wrote that Daniel Komen has the potential "to someday hold records at distances from 1,500 to 10,000 meters, a range of domination that has never been approached" (Distance Thunder, July 20). Said Aouita (55) won the Olympic gold medal at 5,000 meters in 1984 and came back four years later to take the bronze medal in the 800. He also held world records at 1,500, 2,000, 3,000 and 5,000 meters, as well as two miles. To me, these accomplishments seem at least comparable to whatever Komen may do.
ALAN REIFMAN, Lubbock, Texas
?Also, Paavo Nurmi set 22 world records at distances ranging from 1,500 to 20,000 meters between 1921 and '31.—ED.