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George Solomon


Sunday, February 27, 2005; Page E02

Talkbackers tend to worry a lot. Like how they'll handle the record book if and when Barry ("Who, me?") Bonds passes Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron in home runs. They're also worried about whether they'll be able to find the Nationals games on the radio and how they'll behave toward their loved ones if they can hear only the O's.

The fact is the entire baseball record book should be one big asterisk. The dead-ball era, the segregation years, the high pitching mounds and now the steroid era. I had an open mind a few years ago and said you shouldn't guess if players were juiced or not by the size of their bodies. The fact is, you can. Why should any of their records stand? Maris and Aaron are still tops.

Glenn Goldstein, Gainesville

I have my own way of dealing with records: Ignore those that seem fraudulent.

I saw in The Post that the Nationals' games would be broadcast with a "weak AM signal." Why can't we learn from the past? When I listened to Senators games as a kid on WTOP, the signal faded so badly at 6 p.m. that I couldn't listen to night games. I had to listen to feeds from Detroit, Baltimore and any other city I could reach with my radio. When the Senators went to Texas, I was out of luck. Now they're going to repeat this mess. If the Nationals want to gain a following, they need to make all games accessible by radio and TV.

George Miller, Warrenton

Nats' management will realize the need to get the games to their fans.

Do you suppose MLB or anyone with the Nationals made any effort to determine the signal strength of the three stations carrying the games? Southern Maryland's 104.1-FM can barely be heard in northwest Montgomery County; 103.9-FM cannot be heard at all; and neither can 1050-AM. So what is my choice? Get in my car and drive south until I can pick up the signal?

Jack Toomey, Poolesville

If you did that, Jack, you'll be able to hear the Richmond Braves games, as well as the Nats, and probably get divorced.

I'd like to see Navy basketball get more coverage in The Post. The Midshipmen are true student-athletes, playing the game Dr. Naismith envisioned -- not seeking a quick ticket to the NBA. Serving in the Navy didn't seem to hurt the careers of David Robinson or Roger Staubach.

Thomas C. Hall, Washington

All teams want more coverage.

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