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FOR JUNE 4-11, 2018


I can still picture Vladimir Guerrero, wearing the Montreal Expos' uniform, launching moon shots at Olympic Stadium and making laserlike throws from rightfield against my team, the Phillies. If his son, Vlad Jr., is truly a chip off the old block but with better plate discipline, as Jon Tayler described, his career is going to be a lot of fun to follow.

Bruce Morgan Lititz, Pa.


I don't know who decided that Mexico was "America's Other Team," as declared on one of your covers, but that'd be comparable to stating that the Yankees are Boston's other team on the front of the Boston Herald.

Ben Guter Bloomington, Minn.

For an event that occurs every four years, I was expecting more substance about the teams involved. Is Croatia's jersey pattern more important than the fact that it has some of the best players in the tournament? I expected a group-by-group preview with more predictions and less sarcasm. And let's get over the fact that the U.S. did not qualify.

Ralph Michilli Larchmont, N.Y.


In the story about the FBI's investigation into NCAA corruption, I was appalled to read that U.S. attorneys were making allegations about NCAA rules violations. Since when is that any of our government's business? And why are taxpayer dollars being spent on FBI investigations into an organization that most feel is out of date, out of touch and often out-of-bounds?

Jeff Clarke Tampa


I'm as outraged as anyone by the number of unarmed black and Hispanic men that have been killed by police. But as an Army veteran I still stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and our national anthem. I strongly recommend that NFL players take a better tactic: Join the NAACP or the National Action Network. These organizations protest and get results. You can stand for the anthem and at the same time fight the horrible racism that exists.

Theodore R. White East Elmhurst, N.Y.

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