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Baseball and Steroids

Tom Verducci's special report (Totally Juiced, June 3) saddens
me more than anything I've read in longer than 25 years as a
subscriber. The true tragedy of baseball is that it is being
destroyed from within--by the very parties charged with its
custodianship. Shame on the players for forever tainting the
game, and shame on the owners for their complicity. I mourn for
this once special pastime.
ROGER MEEKER, Kapaau, Hawaii

Ken Caminiti whines, "My body's not producing testosterone. You
know what that's like? You get lethargic. You get depressed.
It's terrible." Yeah, Ken, I know what it's like. My body
doesn't produce testosterone either--not because of substance
abuse but from a battle with testicular cancer. So far it's been
12 weeks of chemotherapy, two abdominal surgeries (one of which
lasted six hours), countless scans and tests, and that doesn't
include what my family went through. It's because of people like
Caminiti and the other "users" in the article that people like
me have to go through so much red tape to obtain legal
medications. He's a crybaby who chose to cheat and in the
process abused his body to the point of breakdown, and yet he
still thinks he did nothing wrong. My condition was by chance,
his was by choice.

Since it is illegal for baseball players to buy and use steroids
in the U.S., forget about the players' union and the owners. Let
the police take the action needed to clean up the game.
CARL FAILOR, Grand Rapids

A year and a half ago my family was devastated when my father
passed away at 52 from a heart attack brought on by prolonged
steroid use. He was a competitive powerlifter from the late
1970s to the early '90s. The baseball players in your article
say they need to take the chance of using steroids because
higher salaries will result from fans paying to see the long
ball. My question to these athletes is, Should your families
have to pay the price for your selfishness and greed?
Side Lake, Minn.

I have three words for all those baseball players who continue to
deny the rampant use of steroids: Take a test.
BILL BINGHAM, Narragansett, R.I.

--For more reactions to our story on steroid use in baseball, see

Tellem Off

Arn Tellem's colossal ego shines through in Franz Lidz's story
(The Arn of the Deal, May 27). No matter how much they pay
attention to their personal diets, agents, owners and players
have collectively killed pro sports with avarice and gluttony.

Tellem judges a man by how he gets along with his children. I
judge a man who is rich and powerful by how he treats a waitress
who accidentally spills a drink on him. By this standard Tellem
doesn't rate too highly.
CHRIS ECK, Indianapolis

The Downside of Success

I loved Steve Rushin's story on the long-suffering New Jersey
Nets fans, The E Street Bandwagon (AIR AND SPACE, May 27).
However, success has its price. My now 10-year-old son and I
used to attend an average of about 15 home games a year. My wife
and I always felt a Nets game was a nice quiet place for Matthew
to do his homework. Now Matthew does his homework at home and
then gets to watch the Nets on television. Oh, the benefits of
having your team in the cellar.

A Half-Full Cup?

Please tell me you will be devoting much more space to the World
Cup (May 27). While I enjoyed the articles on Bora Milutinovic
(Soccer's Sorcerer, May 20) and Clint Mathis (Goal Digger, May
27), I think you owe your readers a lot more.

As an admirer and fan of the beautiful game of soccer, I want to
commend you for giving such great coverage to the World Cup.
When I arrived in the U.S. almost 12 years ago, seeing a soccer
game on TV was a rare occurrence. Now on some Saturdays, I can
watch two or even three games.

I want to thank SI for saving my life. We here in the foothills
had a cold spell, and without your World Cup preview I would
never have been able to start a fire to keep warm. You wasted
eight fine pages of your magazine on the worst sport in America.
Stick with the real sports: baseball, basketball and football.
Sutter Creek, Calif.

What are three things the rest of the world loves that America
can do without? Socialism, the metric system and soccer!
WALTER ROACH Bellingham, Mass.

Excellent job on your World Cup preview. Please don't make us
soccer fans wait another eight years before we see men's soccer
on the cover again.
BRAD COX, Elgin, Ill.