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December 21, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Mariners, volleyball: Seattle Times readers sound off


Love UW coverage,
but want even more

Wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed the in-depth coverage, in the print edition of the paper, of the Husky volleyball team as they make their way through the NCAA tournament.

I’d also like to read more in-season coverage of volleyball in general. As one recent article stated, volleyball is the most popular women’s sport in the region. It deserves more coverage on both the college and high-school levels.

– David Anderson, Seattle

Wednesday section
captured Huskies’ grit

Thank you for the front page of the Sports section of The Seattle Times (“With grit, Huskies get chance to do more,” and “Passion to win,” Wednesday). My wife and I watched the match against USC and were literally biting our fingernails. What an epic comeback! These women were amazing!

We have a comfortable couch but we only used the edge.

– Jose G. Gonzales, Seattle

Coverage of women’s
sports is important

Terry Wood’s story in the Sports section, about the UW volleyball team’s “epic” comeback against USC was outstanding “Astounding rally gets Huskies in Final 4,” Dec. 15). Thanks for putting the UW women’s team on the front page and including Alex Gallardo’s terrific photo of our women celebrating their win on Page C2.

I’m a Seattle native, lifetime Husky and longtime Seattle Times subscriber. I have four daughters who played college ball, so, for me, coverage of women’s sports is important.

Wood’s quote of Gabbi Parker’s comment to UW coach Jim McLaughlin, “I’ll kill it if you get me in there” at a time when the game was still close, should be a required mantra for all Washington athletes — especially when it comes to beating Oregon.

– Jim Vaughan, Bremerton


Letting Ibanez go
another blunder

Raul Ibanez was one of the biggest stories of the week for Mariners fans (“Raul Ibanez signs with Angels,” Friday). It’s yet another example of the Mariners not caring about a fan favorite, effectively forcing him to leave for the Angels. Fans root for players they have grown fond of, not a uniform, so whenever one gets away, it is always a heart-breaker for us.
Talent-wise and money-wise, Cano might be a much bigger deal, but we don’t even know him yet, let alone have had a chance to form any attachments. Ibanez was one of the few good stories in an otherwise disappointing season for fans. He was one of our guys. Even if this was the right move on some business or talent-evaluation level — and the M’s have such a stellar track record there — surely this deserved more coverage from The Seattle Times.

– Karl Simonsen, Redmond

Let’s hope Cano
learned from mistake

Reading Larry Stone’s Robinson Cano piece (“Better late than never,” Dec. 15) served to provide us all with nearly a full page of denials from multiple sources concerning the widely held assertion that this man is an occasional loafer. It was the newspaper equivalent of a virtual blizzard! But throughout all these paragraphs of heart-felt recommendations, one solitary sentence stood out. It was the one that recalled the September 2008 benching of Cano after he elected to not run out a ground ball. This action was taken by Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Players regard this sort of public reprimand as the ultimate embarrassment. It is rarely seen. Girardi is a knowledgeable baseball man, it is safe to say, and he made the decision to have his best performer leave the field.

Actions always speak loudest, and that particular action raised a heck of a ruckus. Let’s all hope that was then and this is now.

– Tom Likai, Shoreline

Is this a sign of
the apocalypse?

What, the Mariners spending money? There actually may be something to some of these doomsday prophecies after all.

– Tony Snorteland, Suquamish

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