Reading about the Buss family makes me appreciate the fact that I come from a family rich in love, not in money.
—Cindy Gualtieri, Stoughton, Mass.
World Series Musings
To imply that the Padres were neophytes because they appreciated playing in Yankee Stadium is a disservice to anyone who loves baseball (Tourist Trap, Oct. 26). Any player, whether a pro or a kid in the street, would show respect and awe upon visiting the House That Ruth Built for the first time. The Padres and their fans manifested nothing but class and an enthusiasm for the game throughout the Series.
Kate Koschei, Encinitas, Calif.
If there is one thing I would have liked to have seen more than a Padres victory, it would have been any of those pasty-faced, cottage-cheese-thighed Yankees fans in an eight-foot surf at Windansea Beach. Hell, forget about the surf. I'd pay money to see them on their beach towels, decked out in their Coney Island swimwear.
T.M. Mustin, Coronado, Calif.
George Steinbrenner needs to fire Joe Torre immediately; hire a manager he can publicly excoriate; load up on giant, bickering egos; and make baseball right again (Crowd Pleasers, Nov. 2). Class acts like Scott Brosius, Paul O'Neill and Bernie Williams made it impossible for Yankee-haters like me to actually hate the Yankees.
Patrick J. Corry, Chatham, N.J
You inexplicably left out the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics, a team that you touted as possibly the greatest of all time not that long ago (The Team That Time Forgot, Aug. 19, 1996).
Tom Johnson, Carbondale, Ill.
Father Knows Best?
Franz Lidz's article on the Buss family depicts all that's bad about raising children in a decadent time (She's Got Balls, Nov. 2). Where did Jerry Buss get the idea that he could pacify a bunch of spoiled brats with money? By the way, if you hear that he is thinking of adopting more children, please give him my address!
Dave Woodall, Slidell, La.
The title of your article on the Busses was in poor taste. The suggestive photograph of Jeanie reflected the same crude mentality.
Linton Elsmore, Quincy, Mass.
Your article on the Buss family is the strongest argument that I have read in some time for the imposition of a progressive income tax and a steep inheritance tax.
Jack Selzer, State College, Pa.
Dull and Duller
Brett Hull may have a big mouth, but he put the puck squarely in the net when he said that clutching and grabbing have ruined NHL hockey (Shooting from the Lip, Nov. 2). Mario Lemieux said the same thing when he retired. Years ago the games were so fast and exciting that you hardly dared to look away. Now they are slow and boring.
George H. Edgley, Sequim, Wash.
In Defense of Charity
I was disturbed by some of Phil Taylor's comments in his article on the NBA lockout (State of the Union, Nov. 2). As one of the organizers of the Gallery Furniture Charity Basketball Game, I am proud to say that $300,000 was donated to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on behalf of the participating sponsors and players. During labor negotiations, it was refreshing to see NBA players participating in a game that benefited the fight against cancer. Clyde Drexler, Avery Johnson, David Robinson and Kenny Smith expressed genuine interest in helping Houston charities, many of which are "locked out" because they normally benefit from NBA-sanctioned events at this time of year.
Austin B. Crossley, Houston