I watched Andrew Bynum play in the 2005 McDonald's All-American game and was shocked to see such a highly touted player be so incompetent on defense. Even his coach seemed incredulous at Bynum's inability to move from one side of the key to the other. Looking at him play defense now and seeing the impact he's made with the Lakers is amazing.
Ron Haramia, South Bend
Thank you for your article on Bynum (Work in Progress, April 25). Usually you just read about his injuries and missed games, but this revealed new things, like the fact that he is an engineering and computer whiz. Now I appreciate him even more.
Woodland Hills, Calif.
While I do find Bob Costas amusing at times, I found his reasoning behind Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire's not getting into the Hall of Fame (JUST MY TYPE, April 25) completely asinine. Once a cheater, always a cheater, in my opinion—and that goes for everyone. If it were up to me none of them would get in, not even Alex Rodriguez.
Dave Lidster, Chatham, Ont.
I agree with Costas regarding the genuine Hall of Fame careers of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds versus those of the pretenders like McGwire and Sosa. Bonds was the greatest hitter of his time and Clemens the greatest pitcher. It's pretty clear that they both would have been Hall of Famers in any era. Fans often canonize the great players from the 1950s and '60s, when the game was considered "pure." However, without Bonds and Clemens the story of baseball would not be complete.
Liz Ciancone, Terre Haute, Ind.