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Hiring Piniella would be Rays' best move


© St. Petersburg Times
published October 20, 2002

John Romano's column (Piniella? Here? Is this a trick question? Tuesday) on Lou Piniella was right on. The best thing the Rays could do is get Piniella. In fact, this is a do-or-die situation like the Bucs faced with Jon Gruden. It's time for these silent owners to wake up and decide if they want to have a viable investment or a gigantic liability. If we lose Piniella, they should pack it in.
-- Richard Montesano, Palm Harbor

Need pitchers first

It would be great to see Lou Piniella at the helm of the Devil Rays; however, the Rays will not be successful until they are willing to spend the appropriate funds on starters who can pitch and closers who can save a game.
-- Dan Groner, Lecanto

Talking trash too soon

Gary Shelton forgot to mention how much it hurts not to come through in the clutch after talking trash during the second and third quarters (For FSU, same sadness, but deeper, Oct. 13). Xavier Beitia followed each of his earlier field goals by taunting Miami players. Maybe Beitia will remember what Santana Moss said next time he starts talking trash: "Big-time players make big-time plays in big games." Field goals in the second and third quarters are not big-time plays; the ones as time expires are.
-- Naveen Reddy, Boston

Play calls did 'Noles in

Bobby Bowden's selection of play calls in the last nine minutes of the Miami game Oct. 12 cost the 'Noles the win. They needed one more score to put the game out of reach. He tried to run the ball and run out the clock, but there was too much time left to do that against a team like Miami. The 'Noles played their hearts out for three quarters and should have won. But the conservative play-calling in the end was their demise.
-- Keith Gliddon, via e-mail

Chance deserves chance

If there is some reason that Air Force quarterback Chance Harridge is not eligible to be a Heisman candidate, I would like to know what it is. Every week we are force-fed a steady diet of hopefuls from big-name and big-money universities that someone, somewhere decreed are the biggest stars in the sport. Just a few weeks ago we were all being brainwashed into believing that Florida's Rex Grossman was the front-runner.

Meanwhile, Harridge scored four touchdowns for the second week in a row Oct. 12, rushed for 104 yards, tossed zero interceptions and led his team to a 52-9 trouncing of BYU. He is second in the nation in rushing, in the top five for points and on an undefeated team that gets zero respect.

Please, can we look at an athlete who is deserving and not one who comes from the university with the biggest PR department?
-- Phil A. Lalli, Tampa

What's worse?

Can't figure out who is the sorriest: that guy who says that God hates the Yankees (Reader Views, Oct. 13), or you people who actually put it in the paper.
-- R.M. Held, St. Pete Beach

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