© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 17, 2001
I just wanted to thank John Romano for his insightful article on Isaac Iorg (Baseball calls; life beckons, June 13). In this day of incredible selfishness among many star athletes, it is refreshing to read about an individual who has given up a lot in order to do what he believes is right. I hope there will be a follow-up story as I would like to know which way this young man decides to go.
-- Rick Collins, via e-mail
I want to thank you for the excellent, extensive coverage you gave to a great man on his demise. John McKay was an unforgettable person and you brought him to life with these accolades.
I followed John's early career at Oregon and then at USC. I rejoiced every time USC beat Notre Dame, and cried when it lost.
When John became the first coach of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I had high hopes he would succeed in molding winning teams here as he had at USC. That it did not happen was a disappointment, but I never lost faith in his ability as a coach. His selection of Doug Williams was an example of his foresightedness. That Doug achieved his greatest success as a Redskin was proof that John knew what potential he had, given the right supporting cast.
-- C. Robert Hare, via e-mail
Baseball purism, as expounded by Bob Costas (Costas still busy without baseball, June 5)? Time to set the record straight on a few matters.Keep in mind that 10 years ago, Atlanta and Cleveland would have been near the top of a contraction list. San Francisco might even have been mentioned at various times within the past several years. Pittsburgh would have been included in any such argument until its new ballpark became a reality. Certainly, no mention would have been made 10 years ago of Kansas City, a few years off a World Series crown, or Minnesota, en route to its second World Series win in four years. The fact is that at any given time, a number of franchises will be slumping, but membership in that group can change in short order.
Cut six teams, eh, Bob? Let's see, that's 150 on-field jobs, plus several hundred, no, make that thousands, of others out of work across the country because baseball purists want contraction. Bad idea.
As for World Series games in the day, am I the only one who remembers what it was like to be in school during the World Series? Since the World Series always started in midweek until 1969, my boyhood memories of most World Series games are of listening to my transistor radio at recess and lunch time, picking up only part of the game. I for one was thrilled when baseball switched its midweek World Series games to night in the early '70s. And why not? Now, me and other school-age kids could actually watch every World Series game.
-- Bruce Marshall, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Dale Earnhardt was a racer, a standout in his sport. He was also a human being who came to a tragic death way before his time. Most of all he was a husband and a father. Now we see a widow fighting to keep horrid pictures after his death off the Internet. And some judge trying to justify to the public what is right or what is wrong.
We have no reason to want access to these photos. It crosses all lines of dignity and respect to a sports figure or anyone else. Dale's wife has suffered a tragic loss, and it is distressing to the public to sit and watch her go in and out of courtrooms trying to stop something that should be her right to keep private.
-- Michael Daviduk, Seminole
Hubert Mizell always has had trouble saying bad things about people, so let me do it for him. Jose Canseco is an immature, arrogant jerk (Matured Canseco focuses on home runs, Hall, June 10). He played the Rays, their fans and the St. Petersburg Times like a violin. Amazing how his phantom ailments disappeared just before the late season series in New York that helped him become a Yankee.
Five years ago most people would have said he was a lock to make the Hall of Fame. Now, apparently, all the teams have figured him out. I wouldn't bet against him getting back to the majors. Darryl Strawberry got like a zillion chances, too.
-- Rande Ricketts, Largo
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