There's a 'me' in PalmeiroRegarding the Rafael Palmeiro...

LETTERS

March 08, 1998

There's a 'me' in Palmeiro

Regarding the Rafael Palmeiro "I'm not doing a Brady" article: Let us review the all-important numbers. And I'm not referring to numbers like how many millions of dollars Palmeiro thinks he's worth, or how many home runs he hit in 1997 or how many RBIs he delivered last postseason.

The numbers we should be looking at are these: Times Palmeiro used the pronoun "I" in The Sun interview: 28. Times "myself" was used: three. Times "me" and "my" were mentioned: two. These numbers bring his grand total of "I," "me," "my" and "myself" to 33. Paradoxically, the number of times he used the term "we" in the article: three. That gives Palmeiro a robust selfish rating of plus-30.

Thomas Mason

Baltimore

The trouble with playoffs

I find it extremely difficult to get interested in baseball this year. Here, we have a team that was in first place all year and still couldn't play in the World Series. Whatever happened to "May the best team win?" A seven-game series doesn't prove which is best over the entire season. Why not just play seven games and call it a season?

Mrs. Joseph Shea

Baltimore

Nykesha Sales' record

Imagine this: Early September 1995, Game 2,129 of "The Streak." Cal Ripken tears his anterior cruciate ligament trying to stretch a single into a double. After the game, Orioles management offers a proposal to the California Angels not to hit any balls to Ripken so that "The Streak" would continue, and in turn, the Orioles decide not to hit any balls at the Angels' shortstop. How does Ripken respond?

Thankfully, this scenario never presented itself, but Nykesha Sales found herself in a similar situation. The Connecticut women's basketball star was one basket away from the school's all-time scoring record. Her coach, school, and even opposing Villanova did the most noble thing that could be done, offering her the opportunity to get the record. Differing from Milton Kent's analysis, I think that the coach is not to blame here.

As difficult as it may be, Sales needed to swallow her pride and face the fact that fate was not on her side. She would have been a hero had she said, "Thanks, but no thanks." Now she will go down in the Connecticut record books with an asterisk the size of a basketball.

John Hopping

Laurel

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