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Troy Meets World
The SPORTS ILLUSTRATED curse is in full effect: The Tigers, whom you picked to win the World Series, got off to a lousy start, and they have lost three of their top hitters to injury and are still without two of their top relievers.
Andy Pettitte in relief? Jacoby Ellsbury in a platoon? Ken Griffey Jr. back in Seattle? Cheers to Joe Sheehan and Nate Silver of Baseball Prospectus for their modest proposals. Many teams would be well advised to consider these inventive alternatives to the traditional thinking that usually leads to fourth-place finishes.
Congratulations on your best Baseball Preview Issue to date. I liked that you projected wins and losses for each team (as opposed to just rankings) and gave us looks back into the SI Vault.
Rich Is Good
Tom Verducci writes that the Red Sox and the Yankees have been relying more on the draft in recent years (Restocking a Rivalry, March 31), but don't forget that these teams' payroll advantages carry over into the draft. They can afford to take risks on players with off-field problems and not worry about the money that their possible failure will cost their organization, and they can also draft players without concern for the signing bonuses.
Cheer and Loathing
I am a cheerleader at a Division I school, and your story on how much time we put in and how little respect we get (Players, March 31) made me smile. It was good to know that someone out there actually cares about our sport.
If you consider cheerleading a sport, then I would nominate my favorite pastimes of lefthanded tiddlywinks, modern ballroom dancing and the annual off-terrain Easter egg hunt for similar inclusion.