Richard Quinn, Woburn, Mass.
Miseries of Pittsburgh
The article describing the winning formula for turning the Pirates around failed to mention the most important thing this organization lacks: pride (Not a Pretty Picture, July 12). The 1980s was a dark time in Pirates history, with a drug scandal and one 100-loss season. What turned the team around was not drafting Barry Bonds but signing manager Jim Leyland, who accepted no excuses. Until the team gets a leader who's not afraid to kick some butt and teach players what it means to put on a Pittsburgh uniform, the Pirates will continue to be a laughingstock.
Jeff Lorelli, Fremont, Calif.
Having been to every current major league ballpark and 18 that are no longer in use, I also found PNC Park to be a "jewel." But what is most interesting to me is that the amount of money it took to build it was almost the same as the value of the contract Rangers owner Tom Hicks gave Alex Rodriguez in 2000, four months before PNC opened.
David Mullen, Dallas
While reading L. Jon Wertheim's story on the Pirates, I substituted Baltimore for Pittsburgh. The similarities are amazing.