Racing fans find joy in this animal’s magnetism
A big thank you to American Pharoah for winning the Triple Crown and ending a 37-year drought. Why do we fall in love with these four-legged animals? Because they capture our hearts like no other athletes in the world. They don’t commit felonies, carry guns or sell drugs.
We cry tears of joy when they win, be it a Cigar, a Zenyatta, a John Henry. And cry tears of joy when they sadly leave us, like a Barbaro, Go For Wand or Ruffian. They provide so much pleasure for us and ask for nothing in return. Something to look forward to when our lives are dreary. It is an honor and a privilege to admire their greatness.
Hopefully we don’t have to wait another 37 years for another one.
I’m happy for the Triple Crown winner. But I got more goose bumps from Bill Dwyre’s “Wire to Wow” piece. It’s fun to read prose that well crafted.
Spike Bragg Long Beach
Let’s admit, this year’s Triple Crown wasn’t exactly Affirmed versus Alydar. I’m left with this question: Is American Pharoah truly a great horse or did the competition just stink?
San Luis Obispo
I have come up with a simple mathematical formula that may at least partially explain the Angels’ decreased attendance this season.
Whenever X equals the number of games the Angels manage to crawl over .500, they then proceed to go on a losing streak of X + 1.
Regarding the Angels’ attendance drop: Maybe they should move back to Anaheim.
Joe Gonzalez Santa Barbara
Nice that the Angels drafted Jerry Dipoto’s son and Mike Trout’s girlfriend’s brother. Hope they can hit.
Jack Wishard Los Angeles
Forget “Tanana and Ryan and two days of cryin’.”
Now it’s “Pujols and Trout and the rest are out.”
One of the first moves by new Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman and his stat geeks was to trade All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, thinking that his on-base percentage was too low. I guess their stats don’t show that a young player can actually improve. Gordon is leading the league in hitting and has more stolen bases than the entire Dodgers team, which is completely reliant on home runs. As Friedman continues to turn the Dodgers into the Havana Sugar Kings, one can only imagine how the Dodgers would have fared with Gordon and Joc Pederson batting 1-2 for the next several seasons.
Every time I see a Dodgers ad claiming “We Love L.A.,” I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Sure, Lon Rosen loves L.A. so much, he reduced Nancy Bea Hefley’s role to nothing, while turning up the volume of his NBA-like sound effects. The constant thumping is unbearable, and we have to listen to Beethoven’s Fifth after every strikeout.
Stan Kasten loves L.A. so much, most of L.A. still can’t watch the Dodgers games on TV. Stan loves L.A. so much that he won’t even talk to L.A.’s largest newspaper. Oh, thank you, thank you, Lon, for recognizing Nancy’s importance. Ever hear of Helen Dell?
We have already learned that the Guggenheim brain surgeons were blind. Now we learn they are deaf as well.
Marina del Rey
After watching Steph Curry’s performance in Game 2 of the playoffs, it reminded me of Clayton Kershaw’s Game 1 against the Cardinals last year. They may be MVPs, but they’re human after all.
Wayne Kamiya El Segundo
It was tough watching LeBron James get a camera lens branded in his head. It’s time for padding to be placed around all courtside equipment. The NBA should jump at that, because it’s another place they can shove nba.com or another advertising logo in our faces.
Mark Featherstone [Letters, June 6], you want to give the Lakers’ reins to Jeanie Buss? You mean the same Jeanie Buss who handed over $48 million to Kobe Bryant for the last two years saying he deserved to be the highest paid player in the NBA because of his service to the Lakers?
Since when did Red, White and Blue become Black, White and Bile Green? What country does Megan Rapinoe represent? What was U.S. Soccer thinking? Oh, I guess they weren’t.
Catherine Wirtz Westlake Village
Who got paid off for requiring the women to play on the awful artificial turf?
Mike Kvammen South Pasadena
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VICTOR ESPINOZA WAS RIDING HIGH after guiding American Pharoah to victory in the Belmont Stakes, giving the colt the Triple Crown.