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December 04, 2000
Reilly forgot to note that Yankees fans like to drink something other than beer-champagne!—RYAN MURRAY, Netcong, N.J.
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December 04, 2000

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Reilly forgot to note that Yankees fans like to drink something other than beer-champagne!
—RYAN MURRAY, Netcong, N.J.

New York, New York
Rick Reilly only has to write one column a week, and all he could produce was a page full of rude remarks about Yankees fans (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Oct. 30)? My favorite was his comment about Yankees fans "throw[ing] DieHards." Wasn't it Mets fans who were prepared to have Battery Night for the New York return of John Rocker?
KEVIN ZRINSKI, Nashville

God bless Reilly for making so much sense. As a New Yorker and a Mets fan for all of my 18 years, the story was a beautiful thing to read.
JESSE CREW, Waccabuc, N.Y.

The greatest Yankee was Babe Ruth. The Yankees built a stadium for him. The greatest Met was Tom Seaver. The Mets traded him to Cincinnati. The Yankees play in the House that Ruth Built. The Mets play in a stadium named for a lawyer.
NEIL B. CONNELLY, Elmsford, N.Y.

I'm surprised that such a high-quality magazine could make so many proofreading errors. The words Mets and Yankees are transposed throughout.
ROY OPOCHINSKI
Toms River, N.J.

Reilly claims the Yankees have bought pennant after pennant, in contrast to the Mets who won the 2000 pennant through old-fashioned hard work. Armando Benitez, Mike Hampton, Al Leiter and Mike Piazza are all high-priced mercenaries. Only four first-line Mets players come from their farm system: Benny Agbayani, Edgardo Alfonzo, Bobby J. Jones and Jay Payton. Contrast this with the Yankees' nucleus: Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams, all of whom played in the Yankees' system. Actually, it's the Mets who bought a contending team.
AARON FRANKEL, Cambridge, Mass.

As Reilly says, Yankees fans like beer. Yankees fans also like reminiscing with their grandfathers about what it was like to attend Lou Gehrig Day and watch Joe DiMaggio in centerfield. Yankees fans like hearing their fathers tell stories of growing up idolizing Mickey Mantle. Yankees fans fondly remember Mr. October, Bucky Dent's home run, Thurman Munson's heart and Phil Rizzuto's Hall of Fame induction speech. Yankees fans love being treated to four championships in five years and rooting for a team we may never see the likes of again. I hope that my children and grandchildren will be Yankees fans so that they can relish the history and tradition of the best franchise in the history of sports.
DAVID CARDINO, Scotch Plains, N.J.

Undercovered
When a team of destiny not only wins a World Championship but wins three in a row, you would expect them to be on the cover (Oct. 30).
KEN ROTH, Los Angeles

The Yankees win their fourth World Series in five years, and they don't make the cover? Bless you.
RANDY BRESS, Hermitage, Pa.

Derek J and Joe D
Hats off to Tom Verducci for his article on 2000 World Series MVP Derek Jeter of the Yankees (The Toast of the Town, Oct. 30). Jeter deserves the parallels drawn between him and Joe DiMaggio.
CHRISTOPHER PAPAGNI, Staten Island

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