The amazing amount of fortitude and spunk displayed by Lyndon Baty is matched by the fascinating advancements in technology that are now available to help him as he battles kidney disease. This young man's story should be an inspiration to everyone.
LeAnn Hicks, Sand Springs, Okla.
Congratulations to Gary Smith on his outstanding article on young Mr. Baty (A Boy and His Bot, Aug. 1). Taking into account the unbelievable obstacles faced by Baty and his family, the story was fascinating, heartwarming and enlightening. I sincerely hope that Baty continues to persevere and that he someday realizes his dream of becoming a professional sportscaster.
Randy H. Satre, Aiken, S.C.
I can't decide if Smith's story is more about innovation or inspiration. As a public school principal, I see the need for more of both daily in our schools. I wish that more students would emulate Baty's desire and appreciation for life and that more parents were as supportive as his mom and dad.
Robin Hardy, Bradenton, Fla.
Is It Over Yet?
I enjoyed Jeff Greenfield's essay about the ever-increasing length of baseball games (SCORECARD, Aug. 1). Nevertheless, there is one group of people who probably think that they end far too soon: the team owners. Over a 162-game season those extra 20 minutes a game add up to a lot of extra revenue. Given the amount of money at stake, I can guarantee that the owners won't be sending out any memos for players to speed up the games.
Jason Armstrong Petersburg, Ind.
There is one rarely discussed factor in why games run so long: relief pitchers warming up before being called into a game in the middle of an inning. Why is this even necessary? What have they been doing in the bullpen? That's like letting a guy shoot around for a few minutes when he subs into a basketball game. Not only does it lengthen the game, but it also sucks the excitement out of the late innings.