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What a season for the Tampa Bay Rays | Letters
Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) drops the throw to the bag as Boston Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw (23) reaches first base safely during the ninth inning during Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi (26) drops the throw to the bag as Boston Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw (23) reaches first base safely during the ninth inning during Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]
Published Oct. 13

Heads held high

No way home | Oct. 12

First and foremost, the Tampa Bay Rays have nothing to be ashamed of. To repeat as division winners in the American League East is hard. Doing this having one of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball is quite the accomplishment. They will be a pipeline for talent for a long time. They have a core to build around. To build on that core, management needs to commit to contract extensions to their young core. They seem to have somewhat of a revolving door of talent from year to year. Things can be pointed to from last year’s World Series run that could have helped them this year. The one thing they have going is a great atmosphere of a desire to win. Being so close for two years straight should warrant going out in the off season to get the talent to get them to the promised land.

William Grant, Hardeeville, S.C.

Stop the steal

No way home | Oct. 12

The Rays won! The Rays won! The whole baseball post season was rigged. Many Rays home runs and RBIs were not counted. China altered and rigged the TV cameras. Rays fans demand that every playoff game be played again. We will march on Major League Baseball headquarters in protest on Nov. 6. Be there.

Rick Ceaser, St. Petersburg

What history is

Politics fuel ‘critical race theory’ confusion | Oct. 11

So when did teaching the history of what actually happened, rather than writing history to make the “victors” look good, become “critical race theory”? The United States, along with every other nation in the world who were conquering forces — Spain, England, Portugal among them — all treated indigenous peoples in a less than human way. Children are not meant to feel badly about themselves because they hear the truths of hundreds of years ago. History is meant to educate and, hopefully, keep history from repeating.

Tobey Burwick, Dunedin

A doctor’s prescription

Troops lag in vaccine rates | Oct. 11

Oh my! The anti-vaxxers have expanded to include police officers, members of the military, airline pilots and even nurses. Surely these physically strong and educated people must have some reason for their fear? I suppose it’s the half truths and paranoia we see on social media and even on TV. But there is one important question they should all ask: Do you know any practicing physicians who have not been vaccinated for COVID? Neither do I.

Dr. John M. Clarke, St. Petersburg