If Only ...
I initially hesitated to read Jeff Greenfield's imaginary story about the Cubs possibly winning the World Series (It Was All Just a Bad Dream, April 4). However, to my surprise, I actually enjoyed his masterpiece and even got goose bumps while reading his description of the Yankees' last pop fly in the bottom of the ninth, saying to myself, "This can't be real. I'm sure something horrible is going to happen." And it did. It's amazing how you can love a team so much that they get your hopes up even when you know the story is fictional.
It's bad enough that the Cubs have not won a World Series in 103 years and that country singer Toby Keith is now writing hit songs which refer to the Cubs' losing yet another game. It was even worse watching the White Sox win it all in 2005. But SI's torturing Cubs fans even further with an article on what might have happened had Moises Alou caught the ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS? Can Cubs fans ever catch a break?
Russ DeFord, East Peoria, Ill.
Bringing the Heat
I enjoyed Tom Verducci's article on the fastball (Radar Love, April 4). I saw Steve Dalkowski pitch with the Aberdeen (S.D.) Pheasants, a Class C minor league team, about 50 years ago. Dalkowski had an amazing hop on his heater. When he took the mound we all held our breath, not knowing if he would throw a strike, hit the backstop or take out the batter or catcher. In all my years watching baseball, I've never seen a pitcher throw faster.
David Liem, Fullerton, Calif.