As I prepare to manage Caguas in the Puerto Rican winter league, I am not bitter or envious about the salaries being paid today, but I am angry about the selfishness and coldness some players and their leaders have displayed throughout the negotiations. The owners are not blameless, but in looking at the whole picture, there must be some control over the economics of the game. If costs are controlled, then ticket prices can be controlled. Players, think about the fans. They are your fans. Without them, pro sports would cease to exist. Your agents and your union leaders don't have to answer to or face your fans. You do. For 162 games.
My father taught me to cherish my years in a major league uniform because, when he was a child, blacks like himself were denied such an opportunity. He taught me to love and respect the game, a lesson more of us need to learn.
MIKE EASLER, Caguas, P.R.
?Easier played for six teams during his major league career, from 1973 to '87.—ED.
Thank you for Steve Rushin's article on four people put out of work by the baseball strike (Casualties of War, Oct. 10). I have been a vendor at Yankee Stadium since 1970, and I'm glad a major publication got around to telling our side of the story. Selfish millionaires are fighting greedy billionaires, and we are caught in the middle. I believe some 30,000 men and women have lost jobs because of this disgraceful strike. Our hearts are as empty as the stadiums.
JERRY SCHEIN, Bronx, N.Y.