LADY AT THE BAT: Thoughts About Old Timers Day

Monday, June 27, 2011

Thoughts About Old Timers Day

There's been a lot on my plate lately, so much so that I haven't been able to update this blog in a week. It was a week the Yankees won series against the Reds and the Rockies, but I could do nothing more about it than smile and cheer.  Yesterday I smiled and cheered more than I have at any point during this season. It was Old Timers Day, of course, one of the highlights of every Yankee season.

There was so much I liked about yesterday:
  • The return of Bernie Williams and his double to left centerfield.
  • Lou Piniella's return and his willingness to step up to the plate and try to hit.
  • The ovation that Joe Torre received.
  • The love shown to head trainer Gene Monahan.
  • Tino Martinez's home run.
  • Rick Cerone looking like a snowman in his Yankee uniform.
Then again, there were some things I didn't like:

  • The commercial for Perillo Tours during the ceremony for Gene Monahan.
  • My all-time favorite Yankee, Don Mattingly, couldn't be there. 
  • My old crush Dave Winfield wasn't there, either.
What I loved most was how the Yankees came from behind later in the day to beat the Rockies. Two almost old timers, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera turned back the clock, Posada hitting a long home-run to tie the game and Rivera striking out the side to end the game.  A perfect ending to a perfect day.

Today is another off-day for the Yankees. Is it me, or are there a lot more off days this season? Whatever the case, I don't like it. I just want to move on to the next opponent, the Milwaukee Brewers. Go, Yankees.

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