WILL ON LA RUSSA
George Will's and Tony La Russa's comments in A Head for the Game (March 12), excerpted from Will's new book, are the most insightful and compelling arguments for the DH I have ever read. I hope DH fans come to the realization that finagling with double substitutions is not the ultimate in baseball strategies.
There is no doubt that Tony La Russa is a good manager, but how would he do as skipper of the Atlanta Braves? A couch potato could win with Rickey Henderson, Dave Henderson, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Dave Stewart, Dennis Eckersley, Dave Parker et al.
Your Tony La Russa article was the perfect solution to my insomnia.
LA VIE EN CANADA
Let's hear it for Michael Farber and his article, Whoa, Canada (March 5). It's about time someone stood up for Montreal as a sports town. We're sick of prima donnas like Mark Langston, who think that there is no life outside the U.S. Montreal has shown it can be a great baseball town. However, until the city gets players who want to be there, and not just to beef up their stats so that they can go play for the Dodgers when they become free agents, baseball will always take a back seat to hockey in Montreal.
My thanks to Rusty Staub, Ken Singleton, Chris Speier, Gary Carter and Tim Wallach. These men took a "chance" and thrived. Were it not for these open-minded and dedicated athletes, I fear that the Montreal franchise would have died years ago.
Give us a little more time. The likes of Marquis Grissom, Larry Walker, Jeff Huson, Delino DeShields and Mark Gardner will be showing off their World Series rings in the years to come.
GEORGE W. SWEETMAN
After having spent much of my adult life trying to obtain Canadian citizenship so that I can live in Montreal, I don't understand why what I consider to be the world's greatest city is a pariah to professional athletes. If I could play baseball or hockey, I would do it in Montreal or Quebec for $250 a week.
Why does Mrs. Bryn Smith shop in Plattsburgh, N.Y.? I have lived in a suburb of Montreal for more than 20 years, and every week I buy Campbell's soup and Doritos. Ketchup is available in all restaurants that serve french fries—and it's Heinz! French fries, cheese and gravy is called poutine, and it's a delicious treat.
Next you will be telling people that we live in igloos.
JOAN HAYES LANE
WHEN THE TWINS WERE BORN
I wish there had been a book like George Will's in 1961 when I took over as executive sports editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch just as the former Washington Senators were being unveiled as the Minnesota Twins. I still have many fond memories of those Twins—Harmon Killebrew hitting one of his monstrous foul flies or homers, Jim Kaat explaining after every game he pitched why he had to soak his left arm in ice water, Earl Battey wheeling to go after a pop foul in Dodger Stadium in the '65 World Series and catching the crossbar over the dugout seats right on his Adam's apple (below)—but I would have appreciated the game even more had a book like Will's been around.
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