I have coached at the high school level for 20 years. Unfortunately, our profession has received a black eye the last few years because of the actions of some of our colleagues, at all levels.
It is certainly rewarding to see a great coach like Rollie Massimino stay at Villanova (A Net Loss Is 'Nova's Gain, July 1) because of his love for his players and trainer Jake Nevin.
Most people would have taken the money and run.
There are a lot of class people like Coach Massimino in our profession. We just don't read about them very often.
Summerfield High School
Your July 1 article, A Great Role Player, on Kurt Bevacqua was excellent. Not only does Bevacqua help the San Diego Padres win games with his bat—for example, his two grand-slam home runs this year—he also helps the Padres remain atop the NL West by keeping them loose. The Padres are known for their team chemistry and the fun they have while they're playing. It is evident from John Underwood's article that Bevacqua is a key to the good time the Padres are having this year.
Thank you for a feel-good story in this time of bad news.
Baseball is lucky to have Kurt Bevacqua, and I believe Padres owner Joan Kroc realizes this, too.
Your act is fine, Kurt, but hang in there; maybe in another 20 years the rest of us will get our acts together, too.
Little Rock, Ark.
Everyone has his favorite sport and can usually come up with more than one reason why his is "the best." But I don't think anyone would deny that baseball produces more lovable characters than any other sport. Mark Fidrych, Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra, Dennis Boyd—all men with an inner joy for the game that they have shared with others in their own special way. Kurt Bevacqua is another one. Without guys like him, baseball would be just another game. But it isn't; it's the American national pastime, and I, for one, am proud of it!