FOR JUNE 2, 2014
There's no doubt that he is a great ballplayer, but Troy Tulowitzki's comments about how tough it is to play at high altitude (He's the Man) ring hollow. There are three other major teams in Denver that hardly ever use altitude as an excuse.
Rick Bortz, Denver
Auto racing not only takes exemplary driving skills, but it also takes physical strength. What Kurt Busch did at Indy and Charlotte (The Cross Fittest of Them All) was harder than people think.
Dale Borntreger, Millersburg, Ind.
Tim Layden's feature on California Chrome (California Quest) brilliantly covered all the elements—breeders, owners, trainers and farm staff—that drive thoroughbred racing. The story behind success is just as important as the outcome.
Todd Gresbach, Lexington
Thank you for your article on the Spurs' bench (Deep Threat). Now all you need to do is get into Gregg Popovich's head to see how he gets San Antonio to keep playing at such a high level despite his aging superstars.
Gilbert B. Battung San Ramon, Calif.
I've been an Islanders fan for 35 years, so I know all too well about the Rangers. While they may be underdogs, to many hockey fans they're not the least bit lovable.
Herbert Del Vecchio Oregon City, Ore.
Masahiro Tanaka's loss on Aug. 19, 2012, was his last regular-season loss before May 20. His last overall loss was a 4--2 defeat by the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's Nippon Series on Nov. 2, 2013.
Joe De Hope Walnut Creek, Calif.
The bite mark that the Reds' Pedro Borbon left on the Pirates' Daryl Patterson in 1974 was on the left side of Patterson's upper body, not the neck. I was an AP writer covering the Pirates, and I went to the locker room and saw the teeth marks.
Gary Mihoces Annapolis, Md.
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