The dedication displayed by Team Hoyt makes one reevaluate the meaning of the word can't and what it means to have heart. This should be required reading for any baseball player who doesn't hustle to first base on a ground ball, any football player who gives up on a play that isn't designed for him and any basketball player who dogs it while getting back on defense.
Rich Murgittroyd, Middlesex, N.J.
I've never been as moved by a story in SI as I was by the one about Dick and Rick Hoyt (The Wheels of Life, April 18). Their incredible journey illustrates a level of devotion between father and son that is as heartwarming as it is unique. The obstacles that they have both had to overcome make any daily struggle in our lives seem minuscule by comparison.
Ian Trestman, Savannah
I'm part of a group of aging mountain bike warriors who frequently battle the hills of Mount Tamalpais in Mill Valley, Calif. We understand firsthand Dick's love and devotion to his son Rick, as we too have watched members of our group struggle to ride and stay on the trail to the top of the mountain while paired with their children who have disabilities. Your article was a nice acknowledgment to all of the great parents who never give up on their kids no matter what their limitations are.
Richard H. Lawrence
My great admiration for the Hoyts and their legacy is somewhat tempered by sadness over what I believe is an obsession gone too far.
Bob Jutton, St. Marcellus, N.Y.
Good riddance to Manny Ramirez (The Short Goodbye, April 18). Over his career he has repeatedly bailed on his teammates, his fans and himself. Yes, he had a colossal amount of natural talent, but he undermined it with his selfish antics and steroids abuse.
If Major League Baseball really wants to take a stand on steroids, why not strip away all the playoff wins, including the World Series title, that the Red Sox gained while Manny was on their roster? Perhaps in the future, Boston and other teams would be more motivated to police themselves if MLB finally decided to get tough.
Peter Ashworth, Innisfil, Ont.
Thank you for your wonderful story on the Masters (Two Frenzied Hours, April 18). Given his amazing come-from-behind finish, however, I am still trying to figure out why Charl Schwartzel's win at Augusta did not warrant being on the cover of the magazine. Schwartzel, at the age of 26, has joined an elite group of golf greats who have won the most prestigious tournament in the world.
Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Sorry, I'm finding it hard to root for Schwartzel after reading your article and learning about his penchant for hunting in the wild. I am not sure if shooting elephants and buffalo for kicks even qualifies as a sport.
Studio City, Calif.
The Flyers' reputation as the Broad Street Bullies (SCORECARD, April 18) will endure even if they win the Stanley Cup. The franchise has a bad-boy legacy to live up to, especially since many of the original Bullies from the 1974--75 Cup team still reside in the area. They continue to have a tremendous impact on Philadelphia because they are hard-nosed, just like the city they played in.
Richard Schulz, Cheltenham, Pa.
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