Which is the bigger crime, Sammy Sosa using a corked bat once (SCORECARD, June 16) or charging $4.25 for a hot dog at a ball game? I say the latter.
KENT FREDERICK, Downers Grove, Ill.
Let's Hear It for the Boys
Congratulations to L. Jon Wertheim for acknowledging that men's tennis is simply more competitive, skillful and entertaining than women's tennis (The Man Show, June 16). Anyone who says that all the men do is serve hard obviously didn't watch the French Open.
ANDREW HALL, Highland, Md.
The Writing on the Wall
Michael Sergi may be a "longtime member of Red Sox Nation," but it's pretty clear he hasn't been to Fenway Park recently (LETTERS, June 16). He takes Steve Rushin to task for saying that the Morse code on the Wall stands for " Red Sox Nation" when in fact it represents the Yawkeys' initials. But Rushin wasn't talking about the Wall; he wrote that "an enormous billboard...in left centerfield...says: Red Sox Nation." There is in fact an enormous billboard above the Wall on which the letters for Red Sox Nation are spelled out in Morse code. Rushin needs no correction.
DENNIS DOUGHTY, Brookline, Mass.
Death and the Mermaid
Although David Doubilet's photographs are extraordinary, I believe Gary Smith has seriously misread both principal characters, not to mention the tattoo on Pip�n's calf. That tattooed mermaid, representing Audrey, is no more "inside the hammerhead shark" than Pip�n is to blame for Audrey's death. Look closely at the tattoo and you can see that the mermaid has entwined her arms around the shark's ventral fin and is riding the shark's power while conserving her own. I think Audrey's mother is correct that the sea wanted her forever. If Audrey truly believed herself to be a mermaid, then she followed the classic mermaid path of sacrificing part or all of herself to marry a mortal man. And, true to form, the sea reclaimed her in the end. For his part, Pip�n would be well advised to remember that in mythology and folklore, many mortal men have been seduced to their deaths by mermaids.
JOCELYN BOWIE, Bloomington, Ind.