An open letter to Mitch Albom, sports writer for the Detroit Free Press:
Sorry for the presumption of familiarity, but I can't help myself. You've been in my living room so many times I feel as if we were old pals. You don't know me without you have read a weblog, but you've always been one of my favorites on The Sports Reporters.
Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for standing up, in your Feb. 1 column, for your beliefs.. for sanity... for truth, justice, and the American Way. I'm sure you'll take a lot of flak over your stand, but it's refreshing to know that not all who cover sports are intellectually akin to Rush Limbaugh and Dennis Miller. (Come to think of it, those two didn't do particularly well covering sports, either, did they?)
The main thrust of your column reminds me of the Arundhati Roy quote that Jim Bouton chose to open Foul Ball: "...in the midst of putative peace, you could, like me, be unfortunate enough to stumble on a silent war. The trouble is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There's no innocence. Either way, you're accountable."