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November 22, 2010
Over the years I've noticed a change in how fans react to the "big hit." There is rarely polite applause if a woozy player is lucky enough to get up, but there's always a celebration when he goes down. We as spectators seem to demand this type of play, which in turn increases the players' desire to execute these unrepentant, concussion-causing hits.
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Tom Verducci's article on Rangers ace Cliff Lee (Can You Say Cliff Hanger?, Nov. 1) shows the brilliance of the famed pitcher on the field, but it was what I read at the end of this story that really hit me the most. Learning how Lee dealt with his son's battle with leukemia at only four months old really gave me a different perspective. Yes, it is great that Lee can dominate the Yankees like no one else, but it is also great that a star like Lee can be humble and compassionate off the field as well.

Greg Hiemstra

Storm Lake, Iowa

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