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BRONX, NY – The most historic team in all of sports is the New York Yankees. They have a knack for celebrating their past with a mystique and aura way. This has been the Yankees tradition since Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech back in 1939.
This year’s Old-Timers Day takes place on September 9th. The Yankees revealed who will be in attendance. Names like Ryan Bradley, Jim Bruske, Mike Buddie, Todd Erdos, Mike FIgga, Mike Jerzembeck are all scheduled to attend.
An average Yankees fan response probably sounds like this, “Who the hell are these guys?” These guys were part of the roster from the championship 1998 team. 29 members of the team that swept the San Diego Padres will appear at the ceremony, including names like, Derek Jeter, Series MVP, Scott Brosius, “El Duque,” Tino Martinez and Mariano Rivera, just to name a few.
The Yankees front office will do all they can to keep these past champs away from the staff of the ANALytical morons that they employ.
Their knowledge might interfere with this new formula that seems to be the Yankees way. The new way has led to the number two team in payroll on the bottom of the standings fighting for a .500 record.
Some of these ANALytic methods might have spilled into the selection of the Old-Timers. On the list is a guy that led the American League in home runs once, but he did that with the Toronto Blue Jays. Jessie Barfield’s name was on top of the list of attendees of the official press release.
Inquiring minds want to know. Why? Barfield played in the Bronx during the lowly years of 1989-1992. What exactly was his imprint? Where is Bobby Richardson’s name? He’s gotta be one of the oldest past Yankees who was on a championship team. Also missing are Graig Nettles, Sparky Lyle, and Reggie Jackson. Did their invites go unanswered?
Another error goes to the person who handles this annual event. On the 50th anniversary of the Designated Hitter, Ron Blomberg didn’t make the list. The beloved “Designated Hebrew” and fan favorite was forgotten.
Also forgotten is the actual Old-Timers Game. There will be no 3 inning game, as the Yankees franchise has come on board with the new American way of Canceling Culture.
It’s only a matter of time that the attitude of, The Past is Puss, will follow what’s happening in the Bronx today, a losing atmosphere.