TalkBack: Letters to George Solomon

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lost amid the mea culpas heard during the last week of the Washington Nationals' dismal season was the passing Wednesday of Mickey Vernon, a true Washington baseball star.

The report of Mickey Vernon's death brought back a flood of memories. Growing up in the D.C. area, I was an ardent Senators fan and he was one of my favorites. Near the end of his career, I discovered that Vernon's offseason home was in a Pennsylvania town not far from my grandmother's house. On the day after Thanksgiving, I persuaded my father to look up Vernon's address and drive my sister and me to his house. We rang the doorbell with some trepidation, but Mickey greeted us warmly and invited us in. He gave us some photos of himself, as well as some photos of pitcher Bob Porterfield, and signed them. It was a memorable day. To me, Mickey Vernon was a Hall of Famer.

Robert Tiller, Silver Spring

You learn a lot about a pro athlete when you knock on his door. Many fans believe today's pro athletes are simply not as fan-friendly, or down-to-earth as pro athletes of days gone by.

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I attended 14 games at Nationals Park this season in Section 313 in front row seats in the upper deck. One of the benefits of these seats was the spectacular view of the Capitol, especially at night. But since June, the view unfortunately was obstructed by a temporary red awning over the left field parking garage.

Joe Sherrier, Washington

What a pity that the fabulous view of the U.S. Capitol cannot be seen by every fan in the ballpark.

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I went to Yankee Stadium last Sunday for the last game played at the old ballpark. A couple of guys sitting next to me grew up in the Bronx on Tremont Avenue, and now live in Los Angeles. They flew in for the game. Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams got the most applause. Babe Ruth's daughter threw out the first pitch. It was an outstanding evening.

Bob Kass, Washington

Say what you want about the New York Yankees; they know how to throw a party. And their fans, however tough they might be, show up. Every night.

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I just learned on ESPN that (Redskins DE) Jason Taylor's injury was more severe than originally reported. Has any other city been struck with this type of bad luck to all its teams?

Bob Moss, Silver Spring

Washington does not have a monopoly on injuries.

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