Sure, Rory McIlroy's victory at Congressional was monumental in terms of U.S. Open wins. However, one major cannot guarantee the ridiculous expectations put upon him to be the "next big thing" in golf. If his career ends anywhere short of what Tiger Woods has accomplished, he will be seen as an even bigger disappointment than LeBron James in the Finals.
Zack Hood, Phoenix
While I applaud Rory on winning his first major, has everyone really forgotten Tiger that quickly (Rory's World, June 27)? Tiger has made the biggest impact on any major sport since Babe Ruth turned baseball into our national pastime. PGA Tour prize money, endorsement dollars and TV ratings all skyrocketed because Tiger brought excitement and passion to a stale and elitist sport. It's a shame that people now try to disparage his legacy because of a few mistakes.
Willow Park, Texas
I want to thank Rory for giving golf fans a fresh, new face on the PGA Tour and for one of the most awesome U.S. Open performances in recent memory. I was also happy to see the media finally acknowledge that there is great hope for the future of golf.
Dave Ornauer, Okinawa, Japan
When I first looked at Peter Read Miller's photo of Michael Phelps in the water (LEADING OFF, June 27), I wondered why you were running a picture of a man caught between two giraffes. It took me a few minutes to figure out that it was actually a picture of Phelps in the midst of his backstroke. The giraffe resemblance is truly amazing.
Thomas C. Duddy
Field of Dreams
Alexander Wolff's feature on the 1949 Bowie High Bears (The Barrio Boys, June 27) is a remarkable piece of journalism. Nemo Herrera and his team overcame economic hardship, geographical displacement and language barriers to become champions. Assimilating into American culture by learning English and excelling at the national pastime in a country that responded with discrimination and hostility shows the values and determination that many Mexican-Americans displayed in post-WWII America.
Ron Reyes, Las Vegas
It is amazing what a group of youngsters can accomplish when they are surrounded by positive influences and are challenged to overcome obstacles. It must have been very rewarding for Herrera to see his team succeed on the diamond as well as in life, despite growing up with very little. It's just a shame that the powers that be at the time could not bring themselves to recognize these kids for their accomplishments.
Jon Orellana, Pleasanton, Calif.
The story on the Bowie High Bears was a true inspiration. However, after reading it, I was stunned to learn about another primarily Latino high school baseball team from the El Paso area and how they were affected by the same kind of prejudice. During the semifinal of the Texas State baseball championship in 2009, the young men at Socorro High had to endure taunts and chants of "We Speak English!" from opposing fans waving the Confederate flag from the stands. It's amazing how many people in this day and age are so ignorant of the inhumanity that this behavior represents.
Pete Novakovic, Seven Hills, Ohio
While it may seem noble for Wimbledon to forgo millions in sponsorship money (SCORECARD, June 27), I can't help but think that tennis would be better served if the money in question was used to promote and develop the sport, especially in the United Kingdom. Has the All England Club not noticed how poorly Britons have fared at Wimbledon over the last four decades? Not using sponsorship money to grow homegrown talent seems shortsighted and maybe even harmful to the game's future.
Scott Fiesthumel, Clinton, N.Y.
The Real Deal?
In his story on Jose Baustista (Do You Believe In Jose Bautista? June 27), Joe Posnanski reveals that the most dangerous outcome of the steroid era is not the thought of asterisks tarnishing the record books but the feeling of skepticism that has crawled into the minds of baseball fans when watching players improve their game. As soon as a player starts to suddenly put up big numbers, fans immediately think "steroids." This needs to stop. Hopefully Posnanski's article can help fans believe in miracles once again.
Mitch Devine, Madison, Wis.
Having followed Bautista since his days with the Pirates, I can honestly say I always knew he would be a good major league hitter. The sound of the ball coming off his bat was always so much louder than anyone else's. It's unfortunate that the Pirates couldn't cultivate his talent. Think of where they would be in the pennant race if they still had him.
John Gercher, Ligonier, Pa.
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