The Name Game
I enjoyed the excellent article on the drab nicknames of today's culture (AIR AND SPACE, April 14). Steve Rushin left out one of my alltime favorites, though: Chuck (the Bayonne Bleeder) Wepner.
JIM DALL, Penacook, N.H.
Overheard at the Phillies' home opener: Joe (Can't Get Two Outs in a) Roa. Sadly, the nickname was very accurate that day.
JIM SAVAGE, Trainer, Pa.
If you keep the drip flowing on Bud Selig's anesthesia and actually let Rick Reilly take over baseball (THE LIFE OF REILLY, April 14), I might start going to games again. Reilly missed one much-needed change: no more artificial noise during play—between innings can be negotiated.
FRED COOKSEY, Longmeadow, Mass.
Reilly for commissioner! Finally, someone who agrees that the DH is a good thing. No more ruined rallies because a pitcher who plays once a week has to bat.
DICK BOHLING, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Sorry, Rick, but if a pitcher can get sent back to Pawtucket to learn how to get left-handed hitters out, then a hitter can get sent back to learn to play the field. Don't ruin baseball for those of us who like it as it was meant to be played.
DAVE VELLEMAN, Hanover, N.H
Roberto Alomar (INSIDE BASEBALL, April 14) defends the headfirst slide by saying, "Why does an outfielder dive for the ball? It's the quickest way." Uh, Roberto, don't you think it might just be because he can't catch the ball with his feet?
TOM GOOCH, Riverside, Ohio