Thanks for the cover story on the Giants' amazing World Series win. When Brian Wilson blew strike three past Nelson Cruz, tears of joy rolled down my cheeks. I thought about my dad being a 13-year-old kid when the Giants first came to San Francisco and about the decades of futility and agonizing near-misses since then. A great big hole in the collective souls of Giants fans everywhere has just closed up.
David Picconi, Toms River, N.J.
Tom Verducci wrote a wonderful article on the Giants' young pitchers (Giant Moment, Nov. 8), but I was disappointed that he failed to mention the tremendous job that rookie catcher Buster Posey did handling them. Posey's performance was remarkable considering he didn't join the team until the end of May and didn't become a starter until Bengie Molina was traded to the Rangers in June.
Van Moeller, Rodeo, Calif.
Am I the only one thrilled with the Giants' victory simply because Barry Bonds wasn't part of the team? No performance-enhancing drugs, only rally thongs, gleeful castoffs and dyed beards. Our national pastime is regenerating its roots.
Palm Harbor, Fla.
Your story about the World Series references the 1956 Yankees as the last team to have so many "homegrown starters in a World Series that young." The author includes Bob Turley and Dan—which should be Don—Larsen in his list. Actually, both Turley and Larsen were members of the 1954 Orioles before joining the Yankees. Although they were not homegrown, they were still examples of superb scouting talent.
Mike Strong, York, Pa.