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Youth champs ignored

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 26, 2001

I am disturbed that a local youth baseball team (Palm Harbor Senior League) wins the world championship (in a 3,600-team tournament) and the only coverage you provide is a diminutive article on page 16C in Sunday's Times. As sports writers, you should know how difficult it is to win a title at any level. Burying the article so deep in the sports section diminishes the perceived importance of the title and is insulting to the young team's accomplishment.

Why do you continue to waste column space berating the Bucs for sins they repeat year after year, instead of turning your focus to a great victory? For goodness' sake, you didn't include a box score.

On behalf of the thousands of people in the Tampa Bay area who are proud of those young men who heroically represented their families, hometown, state and country by bringing a long-overdue world title to this sports-hero starved area: Bravo! We are proud of you.
-- Jimmy Zawrotny, St. Petersburg

A name that fits

Speaking of golf, how about that Phil Chokelson?
-- Mike Aiman, St. Petersburg

Major-league frustration

Having relocated to the Tampa Bay area last year, the chance to see one of Cal Ripken's last games offered the opportunity for a great night out, and a first trip to Tropicana Field. How disappointing it was to be told the two posters we made to say hello to friends and family watching home in Baltimore could not be hung from the railing in the second level, especially after buying front row seats to ensure not only a good view but to keep our signs from impeding anyone else's view. We noticed a large happy anniversary sign in the lower boxes was permitted to hang on that level's railing. I guess $30 a seat wasn't enough to permit a few fans' enjoyment. It was an embarrassment to the Devil Rays, Tropicana Field and to the fans.

In an event featuring the appearance of one of the game's greatest heroes, who may have single-handedly saved the game a few years back, it was very sad to see the sparse support from the Tampa Bay community. The "crowd" filled less than one-third of the seats. It's hard to understand how the area considers itself a major-league city.
-- Pat Grady, Tampa

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