Why should Reggie Jackson have to apologize for comments that just about every baseball fan has made? Some of Alex Rodriguez's stats are tainted because of his admitted steroids use, and some members of the Hall of Fame do not deserve to be there. The Hall is for the best of the best, not players who put up many seasons of solid numbers. It was nice to finally hear someone from the baseball elite speak the truth.
Carl Allamanno, San Leandro, Calif.
I had to laugh when I read your Where Are They Now? story on Jackson (Still Swinging Away). Perhaps he was thinking about having to face Bert Blyleven's curveball again when he said, "No. No, no, no, no," regarding Blyleven's qualifications for Cooperstown. After all, Blyleven struck out Reggie more times (49) than any other pitcher.
Bill Stoetzel, Lakeland, Minn.
A Joke No More
I thought your story on Shawn Kemp (Deepness in Seattle) was wonderful. I used to cringe at the many jokes tossed around about Kemp and his past troubles. I've always known him to be a very open and active member of the Seattle community. I'm glad the rest of the country has finally caught up on Kemp's redemption and success story.
David Creatura, Seattle
Man in the Mirror
As a college track athlete, I too have been guilty of being focused just on self. However, Gary Smith's beautifully written article on activism (Why Don't More Athletes Take a Stand?) inspired me to take a look in the mirror. There is a valuable lesson to be learned from Wonman Joseph Williams: Life is not only a personal journey but also one that allows us the opportunity to help others.