Let’s get this out of the way, I love Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium. It’s my favorite day of the regular season. Seeing so many former Yankees in one place is a lot of fun and I’m glad I’ve been able to attend every Old-Timers’ Day for the past 13 years.
For me the best part of the day is the introductions. My brother and I play a game in which we try to guess who Michael Kay and John Sterling are talking about before their name is put up on the screen. I’ll admit I had a bit of an advantage because I saw the list of who was attending so I knew who a lot of the first timers were going to be. After a while he said, “How do you know this stuff??” I didn’t fess up.
My brother is very knowledgable about Yankees trivia and even though he was born in 1978, he knows a lot about the players from that era. He also knows a lot about trades from the 1980s and 1990s and will usually talk about them with the people around us who can’t believe he knows as much as he does. Sometimes even I’m amazed.
And as much as I love seeing guys like Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and the other players from the 1940s and 1950s, I also love seeing guys like Matt Nokes and Pat Kelly who played when I was a teenager. It’s a treat for me to see guys like that because it was during those lean years that I became the rabid Yankee fan I am today. Though on the other hand it is a tad depressing seeing so many guys I grew up watching become Old Timer’s. Actually, who am I kidding? With guys like Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill and Bernie Williams playing, guys I watched in my 20′s are now Old Timers!
The Old-Timers’ game itself is fun to watch especially when guys like Lee Mazzilli and Bucky Dent are the ones hitting the ball and making great defensive plays. And when guys like Tanyon Sturtze are pitching a 1-2-3 innings. At one point, Sturtze was even playing right field.
I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t a home run hit this year. Tino Martinez hit one last Old-Timers’ Day which was pretty hilarious since my brother called it before it happened. I figured maybe Williams, O’Neill or even Tino would pull off that feat that year. Oh well, there’s always next year.
In the end, the Clippers led by Pat Kelly and Mickey Rivers, beat the Bombers 6-2.
Here are some superlatives for the Old Timers:
- Best Hair: As long as he shows up, this award will always go to Joe Pepitone
- Most Adorable: Yogi Berra, come on now. Of course, he’d win this award.
- The Good To See Ya Award goes to Matt Nokes. He looked like he was having a lot of fun.
- MVP of the Old-Timers’ Game: Tie between Pat Kelly who I believe got a hit every time he was up and Lee Mazzilli who made a few great plays at third, including combining with Nokes to pick off Kelly at third base.