FOR FEBRUARY 25, 2019
THE HATE MAGNET
Trevor Bauer's five-year goal is to be "the most internationally recognizable baseball brand." Unfortunately, the brand he is developing is as the most arrogant player in the game.
Over the years NASCAR has simply gotten too regulated and too pretty (SCORECARD). There's nothing so wrong that fewer restrictor plates and more personalities like Junior Johnson, Fireball Roberts and Joe Weatherly couldn't fix.
I grew up in North Carolina watching the fathers of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on quarter-mile tracks on Friday nights. I was a fan of racing but never made it to a major NASCAR event until the Daytona 500 three years ago. The race was absolutely the most boring live event I have ever attended, and I had spotter headphones. The most exciting—and disturbing—aspect of the day was being shouted at by fanatic Christians as we entered the track, warning us that we were surely bound for hell. Little did I know that hell would be the race.
Gary R. Lowe
REMEMBER THE RINGLEADER
Your story on Eddy Hamel showed how sports can transcend ethnicity and religion to bring people together. If you can play, you can play. The story also implored us to never forget the horrors of the Holocaust, as Michael McKnight eloquently writes.
My interest in sports has declined as I've aged. What gets me excited are stories like the one about Hamel, which represent the best in journalism.
South Thomaston, Maine
I scanned your list of MLB's 100 best players three times looking for the perennial MVP of the Cardinals, catcher Yadier Molina. I didn't find it. His omission is glaring, because even at 36, he'd be the starting catcher on the majority of MLB teams on Opening Day. Three catchers ranked ahead of him? Come on.
Tom Verducci's tribute to the late Frank Robinson (SCORECARD) left out one of the legendary Hall of Famer's most notable accomplishments: Robinson remains the only player in MLB history to be named MVP in both the National League (Reds, 1961) and the American (Orioles, 1966).
Chula Vista, Calif.
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