In Tom Verducci's story on slumps (Solving the Biggest Mystery in Sports, June 7) he forgot to mention the main reason Derek Jeter fell into one: Umpires finally started calling more strikes on the corner, the pitches on which Jeter either leans back as if his life were in danger or leans forward as if the pitch were going to hit a player in the first base dugout. Hallelujah!
As ardent Yankees fans, my nine-year-old son, Mo, and I thank you for putting Jeter on the cover. The SI jinx once again worked, only this time it reversed a trend that needed reversing.
STEVE PASTERNAK, Livingston, N.J.
I was pleased to see Jeter on the cover. Then I noticed that the subject was his slump. I guess when your team payroll tops $180 million, somehow even the jinxes work in your favor!
WAYNE DILLEN, Corpus Christi
Thanks for the lesson on the life of Christian Hosoi (Skate and Destroy, June 7). As a kid, I met him and later bought a Hosoi skateboard, but I never knew how his life had taken such a plunge. I hope the story will make young readers more aware of the dangers of stardom and of drugs.
STEVE FOHL, San Leandro, Calif.
I was thrilled to see the article. I watched the Zephyr boys go from surfers to the baddest skaters in the world. The only problem I had was the way Christian was described in jail: "...and with his dark hair and complexion he looks like yet another Mexican father doomed to catch only glimpses from behind bulletproof glass of his children growing up." Not all Mexican fathers are in jail and not all of them are doomed. I may be only one reader of your magazine, but I know many other Mexican subscribers who were also offended.
ANGELA ROCHA, Austin
What a waste of pages. How many of your readers do you think care about a punk who made some terrible choices in his young life and got no guidance from his family or so-called friends? If you are going to cover skateboarding at all, surely you can find a better example.
Thanks for the nice lacrosse article in SCORECARD (June 7). But in your coverage you should have given a nod to Le Moyne College, which won the Division II championship the same weekend that Syracuse took the Division I crown. Having two national lacrosse champions in Syracuse has made this city very proud.
ELIZABETH COSTELLO, Syracuse, N.Y.
Hidden Gem No More
Having lived in Boise for nearly a decade, I can say Idaho (Sports in America, June 7) is indeed a great place to live. When your poll named Al Davis Enemy of the State, it showed that we have remarkably little to complain about here. However, now that you have blabbed about our trout fishing, I believe a repeat poll might reveal SI as an Enemy of the State.
DON YATES, Boise
How could you have overlooked Lewis-Clark State College on your Who & Where map? The Warriors have won 13 of the last 21 NAIA national baseball championships. Their alums include current major league pitchers Keith Foulke and Steve Reed.
CLAY HATFIELD, Nampa, Idaho
By referring to Idaho resident Bill Buckner as "the Red Sox first baseman," you stoop to the level of uninformed fans who remember him only for the worst night of his career. During 22 seasons, spent mostly with the Cubs and the Dodgers, Billy Buck knocked out more than 2,700 hits and won a National League batting title. He played only two full seasons for Boston.
MARK SEMER, New Rochelle, N.Y.