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Thank you for shining a light on an athlete who didn't have to become an addict or a drunk to make a comeback and be a "hero." Say what you want, cavemen of America, but many people have anxiety disorders. Zack Greinke manned up and took control of it. That's hot—almost as hot as a 95-mph fastball from a pitcher with dimples like his!
As a baseball coach I always look for images that demonstrate what I am attempting to teach young players. Your two-page opening photo of Zack Greinke showcases his excellent mechanics (Zack Greinke Is in Total Control, May 4). From hand to hand he's a picture of symmetry, with his arms spread and in a straight line. His front shoulder and head are locked on his target through his stride to home, and his front shoulder and hips are still closed, waiting to uncoil.
Greinke's story is an inspiration to all who must overcome a disorder to cope with daily life. That said, "the best pitcher in baseball" is the Blue Jays' Roy Halladay.
I and every baseball general manager would take the Mets' Johan Santana over Greinke any day of the week. Greinke is a nice story, but let's see him do it for the next 10 years.
When I got the May 4 issue out of my mailbox, I did a double take after seeing a Kansas City Royal on the cover. Being one of only a few loyal Royals fans left, I tried to think of the last time I saw that. It's good to finally have a competitive team, and a cover, again.
Editor's Note: The last Kansas City Royal to appear on the cover was pitcher David Cone, for the 1993 Baseball Preview issue.
Lying on the court, signaling for assistance, was no way for a man of Dikembe Mutombo's stature to end his basketball career (LEADING OFF, May 4). I hope he can come back, even for just one game, so he can end his career with the class and dignity that he has shown on and off the court.
What Are the Odds?
While examining the Kentucky Derby field in the newspaper, I also had your May 4 issue open nearby. I noticed you had a story in the SCORECARD section entitled For the Birds, and that was good enough for me to lay a $2 hunch bet on Mine That Bird—the unlikely winner of the Derby. Thank you.