Frank Deford's otherwise fascinating profile of Bud Selig (Suicide Squeeze, July 8) was wrong on one point: Deford insists that public sentiment is shifting toward the owners. We fans think both sides are out of their minds.
JASON WOLF Minneapolis
"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work." Vince Lombardi said it, and Bud Selig carries it out. He deserves a lifetime contract.
MERRILL GRANT, Sacramento
Selig's legacy as commissioner was sealed for me in 1994 when the owners walked away from the bargaining table, canceling the playoffs and the World Series.
SCOTT SHOREMAN, Baltimore
Selig's crowning achievement may very well be the 7-7 tie in an All-Star Game that no one wanted to win.
DOUG REDFORD, Grand Rapids
Selig promises a united front among the owners even though it's their inability to police themselves that skewed things in the first place. They couldn't even conspire properly. (Remember collusion?) It is the owners, not the players, who should be blamed for any impending work stoppage.
ERIC PORTER, Omaha
Sammy Says No
To some people, Rick Reilly's challenging Sammy Sosa to take a drug test (THE LIFE OF REILLY, July 8) may have been sensationalism, but Sosa, a public figure who should understand the scrutiny of the press, has boasted of his desire to be tested and put the issue of steroids to rest. The players' association has artfully kept mandatory drug testing out of the bargaining agreement, but that does not prevent a player from doing the right thing. Between steroids, unreasonable salaries and the looming strike, baseball desperately needs a hero. Sammy missed his chance.
GREG BARNES, Argenta, Ill.
Sosa opened himself up to questions regarding steroid use when he stated he would be first in line for testing. If he isn't using steroids, why did he become so offended when offered the opportunity to be tested?
JANA EMMERT, Duluth
It's too bad Sammy didn't respectfully decline, citing the terms of the players' union, rather than inflict a Void-like rage on Reilly.
KEVIN LACKE, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
I thought Reilly was too good a journalist to pull an ambush job as he did on Sammy Sosa. "Just prove you don't use steroids" sounds a lot like "just prove you're not gay" or "just prove you're not a Communist." No self-respecting person would allow himself to be bullied into a drug test by a journalist. I don't know which is worse, Reilly's ambushing Sosa or Reilly's pathetic attempt to turn Sosa's reaction into a quasi-admission of guilt.
RANDLE G. REECE, Boca Raton, Fla.
I can only assume that Reilly asked the question to get the response he received. In that case he accomplished his mission: getting his name in the news. I now respect Sosa more and Reilly a lot less.
LUIS HERNANDEZ, Washington, D.C.