Having just read two Lou Gehrig biographies, I was struck by the similarities
between him and Grady Sizemore (One Sizemore Fits All, May 14). Both lefthanded
hitters were 6'2" and had been football players. Sizemore is a man of few
words, driven by a desire to please and uncomfortable with attention—just like
the Iron Horse.
Randall Schau, Portage, Mich.
O.K., let me get
this straight: Indians general manager Mark Shapiro is saying "one of the
greatest players of our generation" is a guy who has never hit 30 home
runs, never driven in 90 runs, never had 200 hits, never hit .300, never had 25
steals and is currently batting around .250? Why, because Sizemore is humble
and nice? Give me a break, and while you're at it, give me Alex Rodriguez,
Derek Jeter, Barry Bonds and Alfonso Soriano, among others too numerous to
Michael Marro, Cumming, Ga.
The only people in Red Sox Nation who wanted Rogers Clemens back were the
owners and maybe the general manager (PLAYERS, May 14). I have asked a lot of
fans around here, and we seem united in the belief that George Steinbrenner
will pay the 44-year-old Clemens more than a million dollars per start, and all
the Yankees owner will get in return is a 4--5 record and a seat in front of
the television in October.
Bruce McPhee, West Yarmouth, Mass.
Ryan Doumit calls the Brewers' Prince Fielder "bush league" (PLAYERS,
May 14) for pumping his fist at the Pirates dugout. But look at what led up to
it. After being thrown at for no reason, Fielder decided not to charge the
mound. Instead he went 3 for 4 with two home runs and scored the winning run
off the pitcher who threw at him. The raw emotion Fielder showed after scoring
proves that revenge is best served cold—actually, maybe in this case it was
still a little warm.
Jaaren Riebe, Prairie du Chien, Wis.
Jack McCallum's story that previewed the NBA conference semifinals (The Champ
Is Here, May 14) had a chart that rated the pace at which the teams play. It's
interesting to note that in each series—Spurs against the Suns, Jazz against
the Warriors, Pistons against the Bulls and Cavs against the Nets—the slower
team ended up winning.
Gregory Maltzman, New York City
You write that
Phoenix and San Antonio "have more heart than the Duds from Big D."
Don't forget that last year the Mavericks beat both the Suns and the Spurs to
reach the NBA Finals.
Robert Nussbaum, Plano, Texas
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an extremely talented fighter. But if he wants people
to continue to pay big money to see him in the ring (Failure to Launch, May
14), he needs to take a lesson from recently deceased champion Diego Corrales.
Corrales risked everything in the ring, and true fight fans loved him for it.
Mayweather risks nothing. True champions love the fans as much as the fans love
them. Corrales understood that, and hopefully Mayweather will too someday.
Ryan Quinn, Greensburg, Pa.
Sox and the
As a die-hard White Sox fan I was disappointed to see an error in your item on
interleague play in Chicago in The Week Ahead (PLAYERS, May 21). Your numbers
were right—12 series wins to six and an overall 29--25 lead in games heading
into this season's matchups. But it's the White Sox who have the solid edge
over the minor league team from the North Side. Almost as sweet as our '05
World Series title is a near century of futility for the Cubs.
Chris Rak, Citrus Heights, Calif.
EDITOR'S NOTE: SI
regrets the error.
Mia Farrow and
Thank you for your inspirational column on China and its ties to the genocide
in Darfur, and for the story of Mia Farrow's efforts to pressure China to act
(LIFE OF REILLY, May 14). You have motivated me to contact seven prominent
Olympic sponsors and voice my concern and encouragement to address the
Scott Walter, Raleigh