It is a tad early to ticket Stephen Strasburg for the Hall of Fame or even to say he's a favorite for the Rookie of the Year or Cy Young award. I remember Dwight Gooden's early years—especially 1985, when he outdueled John Tudor for the Cy Young—and those of Mark Prior and Kerry Wood. It will be interesting to see how Strasburg does against better offensive teams when he faces them for the second time.
C. John Turnquist, Magnolia, Texas
Albert Chen did a great job of conveying the excitement when Stephen Strasburg pitches (National Treasure, June 21), but as a spectator at his first two home starts, I can honestly say no article could do it justice. The first game was as exciting as any I've attended—a no-hitter and World Series games included. At the second game, Strasburgmania almost had me rooting against my beloved White Sox. Instead I got what I wanted: another performance that lived up to the hype and a Sox victory that didn't blemish Strasburg's record.
Chuck Hadden, Arlington, Va.
While I appreciate Strasburg's phenomenal start, are his accomplishments in two games really worthy of the national cover in a week when the Blackhawks ended a 49-year Stanley Cup drought (Second City Revival, June 21)? If this kid is as good as advertised, then he will have many other cover opportunities in his career.
Cooper Laiden Los Angeles
I don't know what's more shocking: that hockey was on the June 21 regional cover or that Jonathan Toews (a.k.a. Captain Serious) is showing emotion in the cover shot.
Gregory Lill, Lockport, Ill.
You could not have picked a finer Blackhawks fan to write about than 83-year-old season-ticket holder Abe Matthew. I met Abe and his wife, Nettie, in the early 1980s at the synagogue in Lincolnwood, Ill., where my late grandfather was the rabbi. They are the nicest, most generous people you will ever meet. Thank you for Michael Farber's article about a championship team and some champion people.