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Week of Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Joe Morgan, National Gasbag

And come to think of it -- Krukow, too: The Tommy Craggs analysis of Joe Morgan ["Angryball," July 6] is one of the best baseball pieces I've read in years -- perceptive, impassioned, thoroughly reported, right on the mark. The guy I feel sorry for in all of this is Jon Miller, as gifted a broadcaster as the game has known, who's saddled weekly with Morgan and frequently with Mike Krukow. (I would love to see someone, someday, count the number of times in a typical week Krukow manages to mention, in an "unobtrusive" way, the fact that he once played Major League Baseball. Earth to Mike: We get it, meat.)

A smart TV or radio producer should let Miller broadcast by himself sometime (and pay him a bonus for his efforts), as Vin Scully often did for the Dodgers. It'll never happen though -- everyone would suddenly realize what irrelevant gasbags these analysts are.

Bob Frost
Richmond District

We Saw It!

But we're going to wear a blindfold to a play sometime, anyhow, just for kicks: It is with delight that I read your review ["Pièce de Résistance," Stage, July 6]. You saw it! You really saw how the play is made. Almost all reviewers see only Ron Campbell. Granted, watching Ron do great work is an awesome experience. But thank you for seeing beyond that, and divining the whole collaboration.

Carol Wolf
Playwright, The Thousandth Night
Oneals, Calif.

We Explained It!

Kudos from two blocks this side of Japan: I just wanted to commend you on your beautiful article about driving in San Francisco and how the traffic works ["Driving San Francisco Sane," June 29]. You really did an excellent job of explaining the intricacies of driving here, but also the joys of driving here.

I live out on 46th and Irving, two blocks before Japan, but I work at the Hall of Justice. When the lights are timed right down Lincoln and Oak, it takes me only 15 minutes to get to work. With traffic and missing the lights, it takes 20 minutes.

I love driving here because if you understand how the streets work and the traffic patterns, it really is stress-free driving.

Gordon Aiavao

We Smelled It!

We could really do without being thanked for rat-sniffing, though: As a black gay man living in the Castro, I have just one thing to say to Cristi Hegranes ["Badlands Confidential," News, June 29] -- thank you. This situation is getting out of control and, to be frank, has always smelled of a rat. My partner (an Asian-American) is a lawyer and he has been saying for months that this whole thing is a legal mystery.

The truth is this: The group you so politely called an activist or interest group is downright fanatical. You should see how badly they treat a black man who doesn't want to join their little movement!

I have heard so many rumors and back stories over the last year, but your paper was the first to throw it all out there in the open. Hopefully other news outlets will follow suit.

Like I said, this thing has always smelled of a rat. It's nice to put a name to that rat -- Bevan Dufty.

Monte Thompson
San Francisco

Electro-Techno Confusion

Decrying the unsophisticated Friscan: Yay, Garrett [Kamps], for taking on one of my greatest peeves, the generic (and often derogatory) use of the term "techno" for all electronic music [OK Then, June 29]. I am in fact what I believe to be one of the few techno aficionados in this city, and, among the legions of my DJ buddies, the only one who actually plays the stuff. Unfortunately, I don't see the situation in S.F. getting any better, since Friscans are not known for being the most sophisticated clubgoers in the world, nor are the promoters willing to take any risk with the tried-and-true formula of all house, all the time.

With the current interest in new-school breaks, which edges over into techno territory, the ears of S.F. clubbers may soon be primed to hear what they've been missing all these years, but the paucity of parties in warehouses, as you mention in your article, has all but killed the ability for new DJs to get out of their bedrooms and lay out the new music that's needed to invigorate our nightlife. The fact that BPM Records actually has a "minimal" bin tells me that someone, somewhere, is making sets with the new crop of techno, but finding places to play it, or hear it, is indeed a rare thing in this city.

Phil Gochenour
Aka DJ Pup

Clarification and Correction

The story "Angryball" [July 6] implied that St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa wrote 3 Nights in August. He in fact commissioned the book and shares the copyright with author Buzz Bissinger. Also, the blog Athletics Nation offers only stickers that read "Joe Morgan can kiss my bunt!"


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