What's next, cow-chip tossing?
Enclosed are photos of a 7�-foot tall mechanical Mark Gastineau. Through a series of ropes and pullies, I can move his torso, arms and head in all directions.
The NFL rule prohibiting the real Mark Gastineau from doing his sack dance (No! No! No! Gastineau, 1984 College & Pro Football Spectacular, Sept. 5) prompted me to create a dancing Mark. Now, when the real Mark sacks the quarterback, mechanical Mark can dance for him.
Mount Kisco, N.Y.
CY YOUNG CANDIDATES
Steve Wulf is right, there are at least four contenders for the National League Cy Young Award (They're Making a Strong Pitch, Sept. 24), but none stands out like Rick Sutcliffe. He has the highest winning percentage among starters with 10 or more victories (.769 for his combined 20-6 National and American League record, .941 for his National League record only); he's among the top 10 in strikeouts and tied for second in shutouts; he has a solid ERA; and he kept the Cubbies on top in the National League East.
JEFFREY J. LYNN
I like Rick Sutcliffe—but I love Dwight Gooden. He's as awesome a fireballer as the National League has seen in some time, and he's only a rookie.
Sure, Sutcliffe's record is impressive. But as his 4-5 mark in Cleveland shows, you're only as good as the support your team gives you. Sutcliffe gets plenty of support in Chicago. Behind Gooden, the Mets have been inconsistent.
White Plains, N.Y.
Rick Sutcliffe and Dwight Gooden deserve to share the Cy Young Award as National League co-winners.
Sutcliffe should be cited for having provided the Cubs with numerous clutch-pitching performances that propelled the team to a well-deserved divisional title. And Gooden should be recognized not only for his pitching feats but also for giving me and countless other baseball fans across the country the pleasure of seeing the game's most memorable rookie debut.
Your assessment of Detroit's Jack Morris ("There's still some support for Jack Morris of the Tigers, who has 17 wins, but he's had a poor second half) lends even more credibility to his candidacy for American League Cy Young honors. Here's a pitcher who struggled for the second half of the season and still racked up some of the best statistics in the game. A poor second half and 19 wins for the season—would any team turn that down?
FAR-FLUNG CUB FANS
In your preseason scouting reports (Baseball 1984, April 2), Ron Fimrite's final comment on the chances of the Chicago Cubs winning their division this year was "Alas, this team passeth understanding." All I can say is: Amen, Ron! I've been a Cubs fan since I was eight. The last time the Cubs won the pennant I was minus-six. I was born in the States—I grew up in Chicago—and now that I live in Quebec, I consider myself Canada's most avid Cubs fan. Can you imagine the emotional high we Cubs fans have been on all summer? Who says God doesn't take sides? The dynasty hath begun!