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By glorifying the changing dynamic of youth baseball—from one of sandlot fun to semipro status—in his story on Jason Heyward, Tom Verducci encourages parents with visions of grandeur for their kids to force-feed the game to them 24/7. Heyward is a great example of hard work paying off, but for every player like him, there are thousands who will never play for an elite program such as East Cobb despite parents who are sure they have the next can't-miss prospect.
Jim Ward, Salado, Texas
As a Mets fan, it has been ingrained in me to never like anyone on the Braves. Until now. Heyward seems to be the real deal, a man raised by good parents who has earned the respect of his teammates while not getting a big head.
Bob Allen, Oceanside, N.Y.
In a world in which players evaluate their careers based on whether or not they win a championship, it is nice to see Vince Carter (On with the Show, April 19) portrayed as someone who is doing what he loves.
As a Raptors fan, I vividly remember Carter's exit from Toronto. He was, as the story stated, much maligned for his effort (or lack thereof). Carter, who never won 50 games as a team's best or even second-best player, has seemingly never been about winning. Why is it only at 33 that he has a picture of the championship trophy at his locker? If Orlando wins a title, it will most likely be in spite of Carter and his love of jump shots, rather than because of him.
Dave Stelli, Toronto