THE YANKEES' YOGI
Congratulations to Roy Blount Jr. for a fine article on Yogi Berra (Yogi, April 2)! I am a doctoral candidate in Hinduism and its philosophy at Harvard, and in my five years of study here I have never come across a more revealing characterization of self than Yogi's: "I'd be pretty dumb if all of a sudden I started being something I'm not." Perfect.
I remain a devoted fan of No. 8 in the pinstripes, and I am grateful for at least one true yogi for our times.
DOUGLAS R. BROOKS
Yogi Berra gives the Yankee organization a positive image, while George Steinbrenner gives it a negative one. I respect Berra for his baseball knowledge, although when verbalizing his thoughts, he seems to lose clarity as he rounds third for home.
Let's enjoy Yogi while we have a chance. He's only back until he's gone.
Didn't Yogi say, "If you ain't got pitchin', you ain't got nothin' "? It's sad that one of the few remaining links the Yankees have to their years of glory might end up this season being haunted by his own wise words.
?Yes, Berra is supposed to have said that, although the quote has also been reported as, "If you ain't got a bullpen, you ain't got nothin'."—ED.
How could Blount leave out my favorite Berraism concerning attendance? "If people don't want to come out to the ball park, how are you gonna stop 'em?"
LEONE M. AMO
Manitowish Waters, Wis.
Roy Blount Jr.'s admitted inability to construct a Berraism for his brilliant feature on Yogi has given rise to a contest in our office. This week's winner was Yogi's presumed response to a city VIP who petitions for entry into Yogi's now closed clubhouse: "Sorry," he laments, "I only allow family in here, and then only if they're related."
El Toro, Calif.
It's not hard to make up a Yogi Berraism. All you have to do is think of one.
Concerning your Baseball Issue and Yogi: If I hadn't read it, I'd've missed it.
DONALD L. EVERTS JR.