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I can totally identify with Chris Ballard's column (POINT AFTER, July 18). For quite a while now, I've been listening to talk radio stations across the New York region commenting on how at 37, Derek Jeter is washed-up. Well, I also turned 37 this past June, and let me tell you, I still play basketball at the Y three times a week. Yes, I've come to realize that my drive to the basket doesn't seem to beat anyone anymore. And it's hard to accept that my joints and muscles are just not what they used to be. However, I love playing the game. Whenever we near-40-year-olds commiserate, one guy in our group always reminds us, "Hey, at least we're still out here playing."
George Muha, Brookside, N.J.
Thank you, Chris Ballard, for a wonderful essay about the frustrations of an aging athlete. At 60, I find that while I can no longer just kick open the door and go for a spontaneous run every day, I do still appreciate the days when I can give it a go just one more time.
Carson Evans, Lexington, Ky.
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