Juan Gonzalez: another story about an obscenely rich athlete who thinks the world owes him even more adulation.
—Gerry Hill, Regina, Saskatchewan
Misery in Motown
I think I speak for all fans when I say that we feel your pain, Juan Gonzalez (Courting Disaster, May 29). To ask a righthanded power hitter to play in a park in which the wall in the leftfield power alley is 398 feet from home plate and pay him only millions of dollars is unfair! I've heard that Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn and Mo Vaughn are seeking your counsel because the Red Sox made them play in a park with a deep rightfield alley. Please, Juan, help them get compensation for this affront!
Paul LeCain, Sandown, N.H.
I find it ironic that your May 29 issue started with a piece recalling former Tiger Kirk Gibson's wonderful bottom-of-the-ninth World Series home run, hit when he had two bad legs (CATCHING UP WITH). I then read about Gonzalez's refusal to stand on deck, let alone bat, because he had one bad leg.
Barry Volain, Springfield, Mass.
When the Tigers began wooing Gonzalez, I experienced the same sort of gnawing gloom one feels while watching a dear old friend marry the wrong partner. You know in your bones that the union isn't going to last. What does a guy with four marriages know about commitment?
Kirk Heinze, Mason, Mich.
We're not booing Gonzalez for his poor start; inevitably his stats will improve dramatically. We're showing that we will not cheer for a rent-a-player.
Kevin M. Rosneck
Clinton Township, Mich.
I found the article on my former college teammate Tank Black interesting (Web of Deceit, May 29). However, I wish to correct the record. Despite Carson-Newman athletic director David Barger's assertion, Tank was not thought of as a "hard-nosed player." Tank's small size, circus catches and his ability to appeal to boosters resulted in a loyal following. But he was never thought of as tough and he certainly was not a team player. What's happened to Tank is a tragedy, but let's not overblow his accomplishments as a player.
Lee Cardwell, Gambrills, Md.
The article on Black shows why athletes shouldn't ignore academics during their collegiate careers. Perhaps learning business basics, such as how to look up a stock price, could have made these men suspect that they were being robbed.
Ken Lemieux, Warren, Mich.
It's difficult to feel sympathy for a group of athletes, one of whom is an accused murderer, who have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, which they will recoup when they sign their next "monster deal," as Fred Taylor put it.
Mark Cieplinski, West Warwick, R.I.
The disturbing thing about the swindle allegations against Black is that after being accused of robbing naive athletes and their trusting families, Black claimed the alleged transgressions were all a conspiracy by whites. The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. isn't turning over in his grave. He's spinning in it.
Joe Paquin, Hope Valley, R.I.
Kudos for the article on Anthony and DeDe Mu�oz's raising of their two wonderful children (Chips off the Old Block, May 29). While vacationing in Hawaii 13 years ago, I was honored to meet Anthony after a Pro Bowl practice. I was impressed not only by his physical presence but also by what an articulate and compassionate gentleman he was. While Anthony is certainly a consensus Hall of Famer in football; more important, he and DeDe are first-class parents.
Brad J. Mathisen, Poulsbo, Wash.