It is refreshing that David Ortiz (June 19), one of the best clutch hitters in
history, has the humility of a rookie who is just happy to be in the majors.
Big Papi chats with common folks because that is exactly what he considers
himself: just one of the guys. But I'm sorry, David, you will never be that.
You are the guy that others aspire to be. Thanks for the thrills.
John Mortimer Jr., South Boston, Mass.
I was wowed by Tom
Verducci's Who's Your Papi? As a Red Sox fan I've learned that Big Papi is an
amazing hitter, but I never knew how much he had to overcome to get where he
Thatcher Hoyt, Chatham, Mass.
You can compare
Ortiz to Ken Griffey Jr. and Babe Ruth all you like. Griffey and Ruth, however,
each did something on a baseball diamond that Ortiz only has to do once in a
while: They wore a fielder's mitt.
Frank Murtaugh, Memphis
The SI Cover Jinx?
Believers ought to check with David Ortiz. After appearing on the cover, all he
did was have three game-winning hits in eight games. I guess Big Papi is
Brett Sanborn, Rochester Hills, Mich.
There's no doubt
that Ortiz is a great ballplayer and Minnesota should never have released him,
but for him to bash the Twins for playing small ball is ridiculous. The reality
of modern baseball is that small-market teams can't afford to buy a lineup of
sluggers, so they must do their best to win with fundamentals and enthusiasm.
Twins' G.M. Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire have brilliantly used what
they've been given, and it's hard to argue with the results: three straight
postseason appearances from 2002 to '04.
Dan Rutman, Edina, Minn.
I'm sick of reading about hockey's bad TV ratings (The Invisible Finals, June
19). When my team is in the Stanley Cup finals, I'd much rather read about them
than about how nobody is watching them. Hockey fans have gotten used to the
fact that in the U.S. it's a niche sport.
Lani Seelinger, Durham, N.C.
failed to mention that in Canada the Stanley Cup Finals averaged more than
three million viewers a game, the second-highest-rated finals in history.
David Keelan, Winnipeg
I was surprised that in his column on hockey teams that left their original
hometowns, Steve Rushin, a Minnesota native, failed to mention that the North
Stars bolted his hockey-mad state in 1993 for a better financial package (Air
and Space, June 19). Even though the NHL has since returned to Minnesota with
the Wild, for many of us fans of the ol' North Stars it will never be the
Dave Cotton, Spokane
I'm a ninth-grade
English teacher whose students often pose the whiny question "When am I
going to use this stuff in real life?" Now when I teach Great Expectations,
I will simply show my students a copy of Rushin's Hockey's Miss
Jay Andrusisin, Millersville, Pa.
In the June 19 SI PLAYERS MLB Poll on which major league record will never be
broken, why does no one recognize Rickey Henderson's stolen-base records:
single season since 1900 (130) and career (1,406)? In almost 20 years no one,
other than Rickey himself, has come within 50 of his single-season mark, and
Kenny Lofton, the active career leader, is more than 800 steals behind. I think
those are two records that will never be swiped.
Chuck Basso Malvern, Pa.