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Your article on Brian Wilson (Three Quarters Nuts, Feb. 7) illustrates that he is baseball's most underrated closer. Although Wilson saved more games than either Mariano Rivera or Billy Wagner last year, his talent has been overshadowed by Rivera's and Wagner's ability to still save games despite their age, and by talk of their potential places in the Hall of Fame.
Wilson might give a crazy first impression, but critics should realize that his eccentricities simply highlight his unique character. His is not the desire for attention that so often plagues other athletes. Besides, his talent clearly complements his quirkiness, as he is an integral fixture on a dominant pitching staff.
Your article on Ben Roethlisberger (Chasten the Dream, Feb. 7) focused on the degree to which the Steelers and their fans have forgiven him for his egregious misconduct. I wonder, however, about the people who suffered firsthand from his boorish behavior. Has Roethlisberger apologized to them and sought to make amends for how he mistreated them? That would be the best evidence that his apparent change of heart is real.