LADY AT THE BAT: For Brian Cashman & The Yankees Captaincy, Time Heals All Wounds

Friday, March 6, 2015

For Brian Cashman & The Yankees Captaincy, Time Heals All Wounds

In July of 1979, shortly after Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash, there was a good amount of sentiment that the team's captaincy should be retired.  More than a few people felt that Munson should be the last official leader of the ball club.

His death was that much of a tragedy.

Well, that all changed three years later, when Graig Nettles was named captain. Then, in 1986, after a two-year vacancy, the position was given to both Willie Randolph and Ron Guidry, who served as co-captains through the 1988 season. In 1991 Don Mattingly began what became one of the most popular captaincies in the history of the franchise. After he left the club at the end of the 1995 season, the position remained vacant for eight years, until the man known simply as The Captain, Derek Jeter, was anointed.  Now, Jeter is retired.

Brian Cashman thinks that his retirement is a tragedy.

Though it's true that Derek Jeter is a future Hall Of Famer, ending the captaincy with him makes absolutely no sense.  In addition to the men mentioned above, think about names like "Wee Willie" Keeler, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig--especially Gehrig!  Ending things with Jeter would be an insult to all of those guys.

I have a feeling that, as time goes by, Cashman will change his tune.  "Time heals all wounds." Cashman is mourning the retirement right now, but he'll come around in a few years. If he doesn't, no worries.  This is one area he is powerless in.  Thank God for that.

2 comments:

grammargal said...

Time heals all wounds.

Bernadette Pasley said...

Oh I get now: HeAls. Thanks!