Carlos Ruiz is to the Phillies what George Harrison was to the Beatles—a quiet spiritual leader. Because dominant pitching seems to be the current winning formula for the top teams in baseball, Ruiz deserves an honorary doctorate in psychology for his ability to empower Philadelphia's aces and keep them at their best on the mound.
Angela Cordisco, Moorestown, N.J.
I enjoyed reading Gary Smith's article on Carlos Ruiz (Legion of Arms, July 18). I thought it was a good example of how sometimes the most inspiring athletes don't get the most publicity. Ruiz's story is about so much more than being a catcher. It's about hope, determination and character.
Chris Lang, Bethlehem, Pa.
I am confused as to why anyone would praise Ruiz, who shows disrespect to the country by not giving The Star-Spangled Banner its proper respect. We often criticize other players who refuse to stand or even turn around during the national anthem because of religious or political reasons. Yet Ruiz gets a pass because he is somewhere in the bullpen putting on his game face?
Cape Coral, Fla.
Captain! My Captain!
I want to thank Joe Posnanski for his tribute honoring Derek Jeter's milestone (3,000 Reasons to Party, July 18). When my friend invited me to the game on July 9, I had no idea that it would be the captain's big day. Everyone in Yankee Stadium was stunned as we watched the magic unfold. Jeter not only homered for his 3,000th hit but also had the best day at the plate of his career. Clearly, it was the most memorable sporting event of my life.
Bob Hoffman, Schenectady, N.Y.