I can't see how David Butwin can use the words "baseball game" to describe our national pastime. "Circus" would be much more appropriate. It doesn't say much for a ball club when its owners have to lure fans to a game by means of a scoreboard. Why can't they spend their money developing their farm systems or getting some good players?
I hope this fad will die out in the near future, but for now I thank the Lord and Tom Yawkey for Fenway Park, where you can still go to see a decent ball game.
Here in Detroit we manage somehow to get along without having a center-field monstrosity telling us when the umpire was wrong, when the Tigers are having a rally, when to cheer and when to boo. And best of all, we're vying for first place, old-fashioned scoreboard and all.
Grosse Pointe, Mich.
SOUTH CAROLINA STYLE
Thank you for the exceptional article on Darlington and the Southern 500 (Getting the Good Times Rolling, Sept. 4). I follow racing in the leading car magazines, but your story digs deeper and conveys more of the excitement of the event and the reactions of the drivers than any other race chronicle I have ever read. There is also a wealth of technical detail often missed by casual writers.
Please, let's have more of this kind of reporting.