Santo belongs in Hall of Fame

Letters to the Editor
Published March 6, 2005

I am flabbergasted that, once again, Ron Santo did not get into the Hall of Fame. Why is there a committee if they haven't voted anyone in since 2001? Santo hit 342 home runs, batted .277 and didn't take steroids. I don't understand this. What will happen with Mark McGwire? Sammy Sosa? Barry Bonds? What about the controversy surrounding their performances?

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Santo at spring training. He is a kind, thoughtful, helpful man who speaks highly of his friends in the Hall of Fame. He also spent time signing autographs until everyone got what they wanted. I don't see that behavior from a lot of today's players. Mr. Santo, I salute you! You will always be in my heart, and my Hall of Fame.

-- Jennifer Honegger, South Pasadena

Columnist humanizes sports for all

I started reading the Sports page when the Bucs were gaining ground in the race for the Super Bowl. That was exciting. But usually I don't pay attention to the reports of football, baseball, basketball, hockey, et al - except the days when John Romano's column appears.

These I always read. Not only does Romano present details of sporting events, he adds heart and shows us the personalities behind athletic feats. Wednesday's Parting Tied to a Fateful Collision, described the beginning of the demise of two popular sports heroes, Mike Alstott and Joe Jurevicius. It broke my heart. Romano consistently shows the readers that sports is about more than winning and losing. It is about people.

-- Jean Lersch, St. Petersburg

Alstott's loyalty to Bucs won't be forgotten

Mike Alstott is a leading example of the proper way for an athlete to manage a professional sports career. Mike has once again taken a pay cut to remain with the team that brought him into professional football. Mike is able to do this because he has not allowed the NFL to be his only source of income. His maturity with his finances has protected him and his family from a life of constant relocation to follow the money.

His loyalty to his team and fans will not be forgotten, and when his playing days are through, he will long be remembered in the Tampa Bay area as one of the greatest Buccaneers to ever play the game.

-- Thank you, Mike, for two more years.

Glenn Register, Seminole