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August 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


Recording Felix gem guarantees victory

ROOT Sports showed a replay of Felix Hernandez’s 2012 perfect game the other night. I recorded it so whenever I want I can watch the Mariners winning a baseball game.

It’s my only hope. No hitting, crappy coaching and $9 beers just don’t do it for me anymore.

– Marshall Weiss, Seattle

Conflicted over The King

The Milwaukee Brewers, second worst team in the National League, came into Safeco Field and in two victories outscored the Mariners 20-5. The second of those was an ignominious 10-0 drubbing before me and 46,000 others on Ken Griffey Jr. night.

If not for Felix Hernandez’s shutout win in the series finale, the run differential would have probably been worse. These days I’m thinking that if not for King Felix we’d be rooting for total nobodies. I like him so much, I hope he never leaves Seattle. But I also want to see him in a pennant race, and that presents a conflict.

– Lew Witham, Seattle

Alex Rodriguez

Analysis welcome, contrast striking

I couldn’t possibly overstate my enjoyment in reading Bob Finnigan’s Take 2 essay on Alex Rodriguez (“2 great talents, only 1 happy ending,” Aug. 9). As a typical sports fan, my interest in local team members extends past one-dimensional aspects like simple statistics. There always seems to be a persistent hunger for more. What makes this guy tick? What are some of his peculiarities and eccentricities? What makes him human? Without fail, what we consumers receive are quotes and opinions made up of platitudes and predictable observations.

Finnigan’s analysis of the raging contradiction that is Alex Rodriguez nailed the unpleasant topic dead center. His unctuous, slippery personality was thrust into the clear light of day by someone who has witnessed it in action more than he wishes he had. The comparison of this guy to teammate Ken Griffey Jr. and his obvious satisfaction with just being himself was striking.

The hope that Alex will earn from the divergent paths his and Griffey’s careers have taken is pretty optimistic, however. His direction in life has been chosen. It’s an objective which he’ll always have and will never achieve.

– Tom Likai, Shoreline

Congress should subpoena him

I see that Alex Rodriguez is appealing his 212-game suspension. I have to wonder how his teammates feel about a man so wrong being able to play the game they play clean. If the Yankees end up winning a playoff spot, and A-Fraud is a part of it, won’t they feel cheated?

Whatever happened to cheaters never prosper? How am I to explain to my son why a cheater like A-Fraud is allowed play the game? Why can’t baseball part the Red Sea, and get an arbitrator to rule on A-Fraud ASAP? I bet the Yankees wouldn’t mind. It is the only action that makes sense.

I’d like to see a Congressman subpoena him, grill him like Mark McGwire and Marion Jones. Hold A-Fraud accountable for all his actions and make him come clean. If he pulls a McGwire, hold him in contempt.

– Keith Brown, Seattle

Horse racing

Fond memories of Longacres Mile

The fondest memories in life don’t easily fade away. For me, the Longacres Mile is one of them. That race may not be what it once was, but it remains the Mile. And that’s good enough for me.

– Creig Hamstad, Kenmore

Track and field

Coverage was pathetic, disgraceful

Regarding your coverage, or lack thereof, of the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow, various words come to mind: abysmal, shameful, unconscionable, pathetic, reprehensible, deplorable, shameless and disgraceful.

One wonders if you are capable of prioritizing what is important in the world of sports. Think! Instead of your way-too-extensive coverage of Ken Griffey Jr., Usain Bolt and Mo Farah should have been front-page showcases, not related to the back-page blurbs.

Leave your tawdry provincialism behind. Enter the world at large. Track and field was the original Olympics. You do know that, do you not?

– Nicholas Park, Seattle

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