Next year you'll predict that the Cubs will win the World Series.
—Zachary H. Shotland, Boynton Beach, Fla.
I enjoyed your article on Pedro Martinez and your pick of the Red Sox to win this year's World Series (The Power of Pedro, March 27). I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and have followed Pedro's career closely. He not only represents the best of the Dominican soul, but he also does justice to the human race with his dedication and humility.
Karim Nazer, Danbury, Conn.
In the last four months I have read stories in your magazine about John Rocker, Scottie Pip-pen, Frank Thomas and Ricky Williams, and I began to wonder, What is the world coming to if these men are our role models? Then I read the article about Martinez, who shows that you can be a millionaire idolized by the citizens of an entire country and still be a decent human being.
Lisa Bean, Atkinson, N.H.
You forgot to remove your 3-D glasses when you forecast a title for the pitching-thin Red Sox. What were you thinking: Pedro and pray for a four-day tornado?
Jim Killam, Poplar Grove, Ill.
I was being treated for delusionary behavior, and my doctors thought I was cured, so they let me out of the sanatorium. I walked past a newsstand where I could have sworn that I saw a prestigious magazine proclaiming that the Red Sox will win this year's World Series. So now I'm back in the hospital, and they've doubled my dosage.
Philip White, Hillcrest, N.Y,
Please send me a new copy of the Baseball 2000 Preview issue, since the cover of my subscription copy was so badly damaged in the mail it appeared as if you predicted the Red Sox would win the World Series.
Bill O'Connor, New York City
I loved it. The curse of the Bambino meets the SI cover jinx! I could hear all of New England weeping.
Greg Takemoto, Sacramento
I think I speak for all Red Sox fans when I say, What did we ever do to you? Why do you taunt us this way? Please leave us alone.
David Kahan, Brookline, Mass
Seems to me that a jinx and a curse cancel each other out and equal a prophecy.
Steven Rubin, Boulder, Colo.
Tom Verducci must be a Yankees fan.
Mike Buetow, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.