GEORGE AND BILLY: ACT IV
Steve Wulf hinted only briefly at the lunacy of George Steinbrenner's decision to fire Yogi Berra after just 16 games of the '85 season (Oh No, Not Again, May 6). Once again George is playing publicity games, and once again someone else is paying the price. It sickens me to see great people like Bob Lemon and Yogi Berra treated like pawns; it takes the fun out of the game. If Steinbrenner had any class, or any concern for baseball, he would sell the team and go back to shipbuilding.
DONALD R. SPRATT
Why can't George Steinbrenner keep his nose out of the dugout and let the people with the real baseball minds make the decisions? It's obvious that he doesn't give his managers a chance. Yogi Berra has a good baseball mind, and he had his players' respect without being a strict disciplinarian. It's a shame.
So the Yankees need a manager to be their friend? So they like their backs patted after a loss? Money must breed loneliness in New York. It's strange that virtues like winning, playing up to one's abilities and dedication weren't mentioned by the players. It's funny no one said, "We'll get better; let's go from here."
I've been a Yankee fan for 30 years, and if I must suffer through another season of rooting for a bunch of overpaid underachieves, it's nice to know there's someone on my side who will shake them out of their complacency. Go, Billy!
Yogi is a legend, and everyone loves him, including me. However, George and the Yankee fans are still smarting from the '84 season—that's why Yogi was fired. And a month into this season we were cellar-bound. Thank goodness George made the change before it was too late to catch up. No Yankee fan will accept last place, and George won't, either. We have a multimillion-dollar, supremely talented team. We want to win!
Belle Harbor, N.Y.
Steve Wulf fails to realize that Billy Martin is good enough to be hired eight times.
For the fourth time, who cares?
George Steinbrenner and Bob Irsay should get together and compare notes on how not to run a professional sports franchise!
Glen Burnie, Md.
Baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstated Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays for the good of the game. Maybe he could ban George Steinbrenner for the same reason.
I was perturbed to see Billy Martin on the cover of your magazine. As long as George Steinbrenner gets the media attention he wants, he'll be encouraged to fire and rehire again. Please, let's end this nonsense.