Dan Duquette runs Mo Vaughn off the Red Sox and then says players constantly change teams today because "that's the way it is."
—JEFF WATKINS, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Lamenting Mo's Loss
The Red Sox lose Mo Vaughn, a player who can hit, field and lead them into battle, yet I could eventually forgive the Red Sox for that (Guardian Angel, April 19). Boston loses a man who relished the chance to be a role model and help the less fortunate. For this I shall never forgive the Red Sox. Shame on you, Dan Duquette and John Harrington. This is not the legacy that Mrs. Yawkey had in mind for her beloved Red Sox.
MARTIN BLACKMAN, Boston
Your article about Vaughn's fresh start with the Angels reaffirmed two things: One, Vaughn is an amazing baseball player and an extraordinary human being. Two, Duquette is an idiot, and the Red Sox probably won't win a playoff series or a World Series with him in charge.
BILL TINSLEY, Howell, Mich.
Not since Carl Yastrzemski has a player brought pride to the Boston fans and community the way Mo Vaughn did.
RICK HILL, Lunenburg, Mass.
While I commend Vaughn for his charity work, I think he's another of this era's spoiled pro athletes. Instead of being thankful that he plays in an era when salaries are astronomical, he complains that the Red Sox showed him less respect than the Angels did. I wish the Red Sox would disrespect me by offering me a cool million to play—or maybe just free bleacher seats.
SCOTT SOLVERSON, Fairfax, Va.
In the summer of 1985, I played on a tournament team with Mo and some of his friends. During that time I met Mo's parents, Leroy and Shirley. I cannot say enough about how well they treated me and the rest of the team. It is no surprise to find that Mo, even with his fame and fortune, remembers to care about children in the community.
JOE DeSANTIS, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Handicapping the Draft
Paul Zimmerman has won our 1999 NFL Mock Draft award (Dr. Z's Forecast, April 19). Dr. Z bested ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., Pro Football Weekly's Joel Buchsbaum, Draft Insider's Frank Coyle and 15 other experts to win our annual prize. Congratulations.
SHAWN GRIFFIN, Managing Editor
The Sports Weekly Journal
I was intrigued by the cover photo of your April 19 issue. Was it your intention to predict where Tim Couch was going by having Big Dawg place his paw on Couch's shoulder? Now the question is, Which one of those on the cover will be jinxed—Couch, Akili Smith or Big Dawg?
KEVIN HENSELER, Crofton, Neb.
I keep looking at it and looking at it, and I swear to God that has to be the ugliest SI cover I have ever seen.
R.C. PRICE, Mesa, Ariz.
Early End of the Century
I hate to break this to the Red Sox, but if their Sept. 27 home game is the "Final Game of the Century," then they'll be missing a lot more than this year's postseason (SCORECARD, April 19). According to my calendar, the next century starts on Jan. 1, 2001. The question is: When the Sox no-show for an entire season, will Boston fans notice the difference?
TIM CALLAWAY, Henderson, Nev.