Who's Hot? UCLA
(Players, Aug. 7), but SI forgot to mention the Phillies' Chase Utley, who
attended the school from 1998 to 2000. He is hitting .321 as of Aug. 19 and
recently had a 35-game hitting streak.
Manuel Vargas, Phoenix
The Full View
Steve Rushin told
a great tale about Max McLeary, the one-eyed umpire (Air and Space, Aug. 7),
but he had no quotes from Max's son Marty, the minor league pitcher that he
mentions. If Rushin had asked him what it was like having a dad with one eye
and being part of "another remarkable chapter in baseball's father-son
history," Marty's response might have been, "Who's Max McLeary?"
Max left his wife, Barb, and their two sons, Marty and Matt, when the boys were
one and four, respectively. It wasn't until Marty's sophomore year in college
that Max again met his younger son--and it was too little too late for Marty's
taste. Barb, the suddenly single mother, did a terrific job raising two boys on
her own. This was actually another remarkable chapter in baseball's mother-son
C.J. Nitkowski, Houston
Currently a teammate of Marty McLeary with the Indianapolis Indians, the
Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Nitkowski pitched for eight teams
in a 10-year major league career.
Do you know how
awesome it was to see an article about Laird Hamilton (The Jaws Paradigm, Aug.
7)? Susan Casey's description of the very dangerous day of Dec. 15, 2004, was
on the money. I hope all of the kooks out there who think they can handle the
nastiest waves in the world will stay home next time. Respect the ocean,
respect the dedicated professionals, and respect those of us who surf for the
escape and freedom that surfing brings us.
Randall Bell, Lahaina, Hawaii
A big mahalo to
The Jaws Paradigm, a refreshing and informative look into the beautiful and
graceful yet physically taxing sport of surfing. I especially applaud Ms.
Casey's use of the sport's proper language. Our terms--such as on the shoulder,
over the falls, spitting barrels, Kona or trade winds and impact zone--may
sound bizarre to the common sports enthusiast, but they are simply a way of
describing surfing conditions. If you don't know what those words mean, then
you should not be out there in the giant waves.
Tyler Zerwekh, Lihue, Hawaii
I want to be
Laird Hamilton in the next life. Thanks for bringing me as close as I'm likely
to get in this one.
Chris Orrock, Salt Lake City
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