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Canseco as a misunderstood folk hero? Give us a break! He is unquestionably a great, albeit fragile, ballplayer, but don't ask us to forgive his disrespect and contempt for past and present players, or his condescending attitude toward the fans who finance his life-style.
I thought the fine art of hitting was making contact. Two singles to the opposite field is FUNdamental baseball. Four strikeouts is boring. Also, I would like to ask Canseco how he is going to hit those game-winning three-run homers if the boring singles hitters don't get on base ahead of him.
I believed all the bad publicity about Canseco until I happened to see him in a hotel when the A's were in Boston. He was surrounded by children asking for his autograph. He smiled and joked with them as he signed and was extremely pleasant. I live in the Bay Area, and am now familiar with the amount of time Canseco donates to various charities.
Perhaps we should remember that, like many in their 20's, Canseco had trouble with the sudden onslaught of events that came with fame—that he is still maturing. Let's give him a chance.
THE GOODWILL GAMES
An entire article about the low TV ratings of the Goodwill Games in which it was never stated that local cable stations had to pay a premium to carry this event.
Guess what? The Goodwill Games didn't play in Springfield, either. This was not due to any particular lack of interest, but rather to the fact that our local cable company elected not to make the Games available to its subscribers. If this was a trend throughout the country, it is easy to understand why the TV ratings were disappointing.
?Local cable companies had the option of carrying the Goodwill Games or not, at a cost of $1 per subscriber for the entire 17 days. Eighty-six percent of the local cable companies elected to show the Games.—ED.