Walk away, Tampa Bay! All of baseball, and especially the National League, are just using us again. It's just like with the Chicago and Seattle teams. They squeeze us until they get what they want back there. Sound the bells, Hubert, because baseball wants us only as a patsy. Let San Francisco settle its own problems. When baseball is willing to treat us as equals and not willing suckers, then we can talk.
_ S. L. Lloyd, Largo
Who was it, H.
L. Mencken or Will Rogers, whose constant response was, "You may be right." But with our 99,999 community scars and Tampa Bay's history of being used by baseball, I've anything but given up on getting the Giants. I'm more confident than ever. This time, if we don't get a marriage, I'll consider moving into a monastery.
At last the Bucs have a coach who won't protect Vinny Testaverde and his shortcomings as past Tampa Bay coaches have done. The more I see and hear about Sam Wyche, the more I like him. Okay, Vinny, it's time to wake up or give up.
_ Fred Langenheim, Dunedin
In the Bucs' winning locker room at Detroit, Wyche said, "Vinny and I have reached a new plateau in our relationship, a point where my QB knows I'm totally behind him but also that I'm going to let him know _ loudly _ when things aren't being done right."
There has been no mention of the perfect candidate to manage the "new" Tampa Bay Giants. Well, he was raised in St. Petersburg, graduated in 1961 from Boca Ciega High School, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants, played eight years in the majors, returned home to manage the St. Petersburg Cardinals and took them all the way while winning minor-league manager of the year awards, worked as a coach for the St. Louis Cardinals and then managed the Houston Astros where he won a division title and was named National League manager of the year. Perfect manager for the Giants is Hal Lanier.
_ Ron Peters, St. Petersburg
Good thought, Ron. It does appear Hal has been all but blackballed as a manager since his Houston job ended, thanks in part to whining players and back-stabbing coaches complaining to a weak Astros front office about Lanier being "too tough" on them.