I was so upset that a personal chef came between two such down-to-earth guys as Sheffield and Barry Bonds that, teary-eyed, I could barely choke down my frozen dinner while reading the want ads to replace the job I was downsized out of.
Hal Pristovnik, Niles, Ill.
The photo of Sheffield on page 55 is one of the most stunning I have ever seen. It is reminiscent of the old-time baseball shots by Charles Conlon, yet has the modernity of Walter Iooss Jr. Thank you Michael O'Neill for a wonderful portrait.
David Thomas, Easton, Pa.
As a Cubs fan I don't know whether to thank Tom Verducci for such a vivid retelling of those two frightful eighth innings (5 Outs Away, Oct. 11) or scorn him for bringing it back up.
Joe Wuebben, Chatsworth, Calif.
Verducci's article was at times humorous, at times sad, and at the end there was hope for next year--just like the Cubs. Did it ease my pain? I'm afraid not.
Don Armstrong, Johnson City, Tenn.
Verducci's article read like a Stephen King novel, horrifying yet mesmerizing. I hope there's a World Series title in both Chicago's and Boston's futures. I can't imagine what agony their fans have been through over the years--wait, I'm a Detroit Lions fan. I know exactly how they feel.