If my inability
to find the Aug. 7 issue at Twin Cities newsstands is any indication, Joe Mauer
has arrived (The Perfect Catch). Batting titles aside, he is destined for
success as long as his health is good and fame doesn't go to his head. The
Twins should secure him with a long-term contract and reserve space for a
statue at the new stadium slated to open in 2010.
Brent Brommer, Woodbury, Minn.
Not only is Mauer
setting new standards of play for major league catchers, he is creating a new
standard of conduct for all professional athletes. It is refreshing to see a
player who, despite his enormous success, has not lost his pure passion for the
game of baseball.
Zach Schneider, Duluth
Don't forget what
Sparky Anderson said at the end of the 1976 World Series: "I don't want to
embarrass any other catcher by comparing him to Johnny Bench."
Ed Meier, Mason, Ohio
As a scientist
and a sports fan, I believe the current doping scandals compromise science as
much as sports (Scorecard, Aug. 7). The tests are performed by entities
motivated by and funded to achieve the goal of detecting cheaters; their
objectivity is suspect. Also, it is a scientific fact that there will be
positive tests even when there are no cheaters. From my perspective, the puzzle
is not the occasional positive test, but why there aren't a great many more.
The system is broken, and I fear it is not always due to cheating athletes.
Brandon Gaut, Irvine, Calif.
You may criticize
what is going on in cycling, but if we applied cycling's drug rules to American
sports, entire teams' worth of players would be banned. At least cycling
doesn't stick its head in the sand.
Von Campbell, Colorado Springs
Thank you for the
excerpt about Johnny Unitas (The Unitas Factor, Aug. 7). He was a true
quarterback, studying the defense and calling the plays. Most quarterbacks
since Unitas have merely been throwers, not field generals. If he played
today--with the rules that protect the quarterback and the receivers--I can
only imagine what he and Raymond Berry might accomplish. It wouldn't be fair to
Cliff Kroski, Kansas City, Mo.
book excerpt brought back so many great memories for a guy raised in Baltimore
in the 1960s. Our heroes were Unitas, Berry, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore and
the rest of those guys--all of whom were part of the community in a way that is
probably lost forever.
L.G. Connor, Ellicott City, Md.