Letters to Sports: Dodger distress in the midst of good season

Could there be a more negative headline and unnecessary column than Dylan Hernández’s? “You better win the World Series this year or be forgotten.” Who wants to read this pathetic excuse for a story? What exactly is the point of such a downer if we Dodger fans are enjoying this season to the fullest? Shame on Hernández and the LA Times for wasting space. I’m willing to forget Hernández, not the Dodgers.

Peggy Jo Abraham
santa monica

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It’s uncanny how Dylan Hernández can chronicle the Dodgers’ attack on the Padres and turn it into a tale of darkness and doom.

Birthday parties at the Hernández home must be a riot.

Ray McKown
torrance

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I look forward to reading a contrite column from Dylan Hernández after he called the West Coast, home of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, “Port Loser.” And for his sake, I hope he writes this apology before he meets any Marines at one of his favorite hangouts.

Rhys Thomas
gorge

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The reason the Dodgers only have one championship, despite their years of dominance in the National League, comes down to one thing: Dave Roberts’ poor pitching decisions in the playoffs. Games 2 and 7 of the 2017 World Series. Game 5 against the Nationals in 2019 when he foolishly allowed Kershaw, who had conceded 28 home runs that year, to tuck in the eighth inning of a 3-1 game against Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto to play. Last year he burned out his aces in front of the NLCS. Sure, he’s won a ton of games during the regular season, but that doesn’t mean anything when the playoffs are all about a decider.

Mike Schaller
temple city

Transfer portal risks

Chip Kelly is the happiest man alive. The transfer portal was tailor-made for this lazy football coach who lives off his past successes.

Wouldn’t one think that Transferportal players are much less well known and far less likely to form a cohesive entity than homegrown players who have spent years in the program? His own fifth graders are proof of that.

He now runs a mercenary program.

Alan Kandel
los Angeles

The untapped potential of Serena Williams

Serena Williams has created another media circus, this time by announcing her possible retirement from tennis. She is unlikely to surpass Margaret Court’s record and win another Grand Slam, even against the currently mediocre women’s field. Though her legacy of excellence is written in tennis history, her outbursts on court and self-serving behavior will also be remembered. Serena… you could have been so much more.

Harris Levey
Venice

Lack of Justice or Appeal?

Complaining about a lack of “fair pay” implies that someone is being paid unfairly. The story of the WNBA’s journey to “pay equity” never explains what is unfair about current WNBA salaries. Just being paid less than overseas female players or NBA players doesn’t make the situation unfair. Established leagues with far higher revenues can pay their players more money. If fans don’t want to attend games or watch TV in sufficient numbers to generate the income needed to pay higher WNBA salaries, then players (and the sportswriters who cover them) can’t rightly say, that there is a lack of capital. It just lacks the attraction.

Gerry Swider
Sherman Oaks

Play or not play

After this latest Kevin Durant saga, I think the first NBA GM to tell a spoiled eligible player, “You signed a contract with us. Play or not play. We don’t trade with you. By the way, we don’t pay you for services not rendered,” should immediately be named NBA Executive of the Year.

Steve Briseno
Mission Viejo

A set of opinions

It’s appropriate for the NBA to retire Bill Russell’s jersey, but why wait until he’s dead? The NBA should have done it while he was alive so he could enjoy the gesture!

I can think of others worthy of this honor including [Jerry] We stand [Michael] Jordan. Show them the appreciation that is shown to them now.

Ray McKown
torrance

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So the NBA is finally retiring Bill Russell’s No. 6 in the league. However, current players already wearing the #6 are treated as grandfathers and can continue to wear it. Another special rule/exception from LeBron James? Hopefully he’ll step up… show some class… and go back to his original number in honor of one of the greatest to ever play the game. If he does, I’m sure every other player currently wearing the No. 6 will follow.

Richard Whorton
studio city

this and that

Aaron Rodgers, who grew up in a farming town in the Sacramento Valley, takes a hallucinogen and has not violated the NFL’s drug policy. A townsman smokes a joint and is considered an outlaw. It seems Rodger’s talent for escaping things isn’t limited to the pocket.

Mario Vallo
Ventura

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They can sign big free agents, they can put Tatis back on the field, but the Padres will never win without one fundamental change: They need to get rid of those brown and mustard yellow uniforms. I suggest teal, perfect for a seaside team.

Bill Nut
Brentwood

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