FOR AUGUST 13, 2018
Your article on J.D. Martinez made for enjoyable reading, but let's give credit where credit is due. Much of the "new approach" to hitting is just a legacy of Ted Williams and The Science of Hitting. What we've learned about batting with all our technology was intuitively learned by Mr. Williams (the Einstein of hitting).
Mount Pleasant, Wis.
After the 2002 season, the Red Sox acquired a journeyman hitter who had shown flashes of power in his first few years but wasn't appreciated by his previous team. While J.D. Martinez had better stats than the player Boston signed back in 2003, his impact has been similar. David Ortiz went on to become one of the greatest Red Sox players ever, and while Martinez has a lot of work to do, he's off to a great start.
West Hartford, Conn.
AS THE CAROUSEL TURNS
I'm the father of an incoming freshman at Kansas State (and a college football fan), and I have to say that the amount of money spent by schools disgusts me. Parents and students are struggling to meet outrageous tuition demands, yet Texas A&M spends $400 million on a stadium upgrade? And an $11 million salary for Jimbo Fisher(below)?
Five young men from Wisconsin on the offensive line, all more than 300 pounds, chowing down on junk food. Is that healthy? Is it something to be celebrated or unbelievably worrisome?
That isn't the first article in SI this year celebrating NFL or college offensive linemen stuffing themselves with food and drink, either to maintain their gargantuan size or just because they can. Why the continued focus on gluttony?
Ellicott City, Md.
THE ULTIMATE TRIFECTA
The June 18 issue had three covers, each with a different champion on it: the Triple Crown winner, the Stanley Cup champ and the NBA finals winner. The French Open championships happened right within that same time period. I would have liked to see Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep included in the championship recognition—five champions in four days.
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