Ryan Keohane, Fredericksburg, Va.
My dad recently took me to the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, and when I bought a scorecard, as I always do, my dad's friends all seemed to be amazed that anyone, let alone a teenage girl, still kept score. I don't feel like I've watched the game unless I can walk back to the car after the ninth inning knowing that the piece of cardstock in my hand tells almost every detail about what happened. I remember when my dad taught me how to keep score and how excited I was to learn about one of baseball's hidden secrets. I'd also like to point out, despite Rushin's assertion that all scorekeepers are nerds or Trekkies, that I don't watch Star Trek, and I got a C in Algebra II this year.
Lauren Acton, Cincinnati
Inspired by Rushin's words, my sister and I brought scorebooks to a recent Twins game and had the time of our lives marking every pitch, swing and catch. For the first time I didn't miss a single highlight, because I was paying attention. I'll be bringing my book and pencil to every game from now on.
Meg Gronau, St. Paul
I may be one of the few moms who received The Joy of Keeping Score as a Mother's Day gift a few years ago. Although I am the only one keeping score in my section of Safeco Field, I am constantly asked questions about what has happened by those partying around me.
Sue Wulfestieg, Tacoma, Wash.
A Round to Remember
As a sponsor of Eric Axley and Scott Piercy, it was nice to see their names in Avarice Open (May 23). You pointed out that as the favorites in their Thursday match, they lost to the eventual winners because of Garth Mulroy's "heavy lifting." Mulroy had eagles on a par-3, a par-4, and a par-5. After parring the first hole, he was 10 under for the next 14 holes until the match ended on 15. I've never seen Tiger do that in one round.
Adam Tracy, Ross, Calif.