All of us should
enjoy—to a certain extent—Bonds's journey to 756 (He's Barry, But He's Our
Barry, May 21) and realize what a once-in-a-lifetime talent he is. Let time
vindicate or vilify Bonds; the truth will surface eventually. One thing we can
all agree on: We're witnessing something historic.
Phil McRae, Redondo Beach, Calif.
I've been reading
SI since I played Little League in the '60s, and this was the first issue I've
thrown away without reading. Barry Bonds is a cheater, and there's nothing
about him that deserves a place on the cover of your magazine.
Barry McCormick, Powder Springs, Ga.
Thank you for
including an image of the Golden Gate Bridge as a scale to give the reader a
true perspective as to how much Bonds's head has grown as a result of his
Jim Zealor, New York City
vice president Larry Baer says Barry Bonds shares the club's "sense of
family" and has a "loyalty" to the organization that
"overshadows all else." The "all else" presumably includes
Barry's failure year after year to join the rest of the "family" for
Richard Boyce, San Francisco
Barry Bonds may have derived from a possible use of legal or illegal
substances, it could not compare with the advantages preintegration white major
leaguers received by never having to compete against a player of color.
Consider that in 1936 the greatest athlete in the world, Jesse Owens, could not
have even tried out for a big league club. I do not believe this journalistic
assault on Barry Bonds would be occurring if he were white.
Wade A. Welch, Phoenix
Fans in opposing
cities don't boycott the Giants when they come to town, they turn out in droves
just to boo him. When the gate is counted, MLB will laugh all the way to the
Matt Kuehl, Milwaukee
You can't blame
Rickey Henderson for keeping his first foul ball (PLAYERS, May 21), which he
caught last month at a Giants game. I attended my first baseball game at the
Polo Grounds as a seven-year-old in 1963 and caught my first foul ball at
Yankee Stadium as a 39-year-old in 1995. It is sitting on a shelf in a ball
holder. I'd probably give another to a little kid if I got one, but the first
Richard Weksberg, Brooklyn