Your story in which Albert Pujols tells people to believe in him is like an ice pack for baseball's black eye. My son has two jerseys hanging in his room, Tyler Hansbrough's and Albert Pujols's. Your story assured me that the Cardinals' number 5 jersey will continue to hang there for a long time.
Chris Webb, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
As baseball's steroid users are picked off one by one, Albert Pujols (The Power to Believe, March 16) gives young players a true role model. He is what every player wants to be: humble, strong, consistent and, most importantly, clean. His stepping up and making the statement he did is a breath of fresh air.
Gus Cantwell, North Kingstown, R.I.
I'm sorry, but at this point the only time I'll believe what a baseball player says is when he admits he is taking steroids.
George W. Harris, Agoura Hills, Calif.
As a youngster growing up in St. Louis, baseball was everything. Stan Musial remains my alltime hero, but I have allocated a portion of my worship to El Hombre. I heard his message.
Edwin M. Johnston Jr., Buffalo
The great Roberto Clemente is smiling upon you, Albert; the torch has been passed.
Ruben Arzuaga, San Antonio
You had me at the part in the story where Pujols married a woman with a baby who has Down syndrome.
Margot Marsh, Tacoma, Wash.
Pujols should ask Lance Armstrong for advice about how to withstand the cynicism we fans have for athletes who consistently perform at otherworldly levels.
Carol Welsh, Sterling, Va.
Swinging at Barkley
Your story about Charles Barkley and his golf swing (The End of Golf As We Know It, March 16) glossed over the fact that "Sir Charles" was convicted of the potentially deadly crime of drunken driving. Will he have to actually kill someone before SPORTS ILLUSTRATED realizes he's just a degenerate who doesn't care about the consequences of his actions?
Kevin Lynch, Ossining, N.Y.