RED SOX FAN
Jonathan Schwartz' brilliant piece on last fall's Red Sox-Yankee playoff game (A Day of Light and Shadows, Feb. 26) vividly captures the agony of that event for me and other Boston fans. I was depressed for days after the game. After much soul-searching, I decided that being a Red Sox fan was just too painful and that, for the sake of my emotional health, I should forget about baseball.
But Schwartz brought back all the old feelings. When he called Garry Hancock "a slim Gary Geiger kind of guy," I knew I could never leave the Red Sox behind. I'm not sure if I should thank him.
Jonathan Schwartz' crisp descriptions of Piniella's catch, Dent's homer and his own yearning for a torrential rain before the last of the seventh inning could be completed, brought back every emotion I felt that day.
Superb! As a Sox fan who has just recovered from the playoff game, I feared reliving the anguish of its outcome while reading Jonathan Schwartz' chilling account of the game. To leave me with Yaz at bat in the bottom of the ninth was pure emotional relief.
Not only did Schwartz salvage the 1978 season, but he also justified 1979.
The article is soothing for those of us who still wake up in the middle of the night muttering, " Bucky Dent, Bucky Dent."
Having been a New York Yankee fan for the past 15 years and having often tuned in Jonathan Schwartz on the radio, I have to comment on his wonderful article, which defines fanaticism.
I speak from experience. I had to pull off the San Bernardino Freeway to weep tears of joy after listening to the Yankees defeat the Dodgers in the 1977 World Series. Although I now reside in Los Angeles, my heart is still in the rightfield bleachers at 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx.
The Sox will be back, Jonathan. But not as long as we have Guidry.
BARRY H. GOLDSTEIN, M.D.
Although a Red Sox follower myself, I envied Schwartz the luxury of carrying his loyalty to such glorious excess. I suspect that most of us harbor a secret desire to be not only a sports hero like Carl Yastrzemski, but also the ideal fan � la Jonathan Schwartz.