Chicago Tribune Sports Department
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Dear Other Views:
In light of the Ozzie-Jay Mariotti schoolyard spat, I want to tell you why Jay Mariotti is a bad influence on sports.
1) He is a shallow person. At least once or twice a column he makes a gratuitous reference to popular culture, catering to the lowest common denominator.
2) He embraces every left-wing/progressive social fad such as affirmative action, tolerance, diversity and whatever Howard Dean and the DNC deem acceptable.
3) His writing isn't even close to Thomas Boswell or George Will of the Washington Post.
Fortunately your paper has Mike Downey and Bob Verdi. These are good sportswriters.
On other topics, the Mariners are .500 after beating the Diamondbacks 11-7 last night in Phoenix. They're 16-7 in June, not coincidentally, most of their wins are against the NL Worst teams. Heck the whole NL stinks.
Game on Monday was nice. Last night was pathetic, I got home after school, turned on the game, it was 4-3, when I was in the shower Ramirez homered to make it 4-4. Walker knocked in a go-ahead run, but then Dempster blew it by doing his best Latroy Hawkins imitation and gave up 4 runs.