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Pinch hitting: Chasing 800

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 25, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

January is traditionally a slow month for baseball news. So for the second year in a row, we will showcase other blogs with a series of pinch hitters.

Next up is Frank from Chasing 800.

Frank is 24, lives in the Bronx and holds down two jobs. During the season, he also works at Stan’s Sports World, right across the street from the Stadium. He has been blogging since July of 2007 and hopes to return to school in the fall.

Here is his post:

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They say you don’t know what you got until it’s gone. Boy, are they right. The 2008 season saw a changing of the guard in the Bronx. Joe Torre was no longer leading the men in pinstripes, Joe Girardi was.

After 12 seasons as Yankees manager, Torre had worn out his welcome. We said goodbye to a man that brought pride, power and respect back to the pinstripes. He made Yankee Stadium the place to be again. He gave so many people so many memories. He gave us everything he had. There was that magical ’96 season. Or howo bout one of the most dominating teams ever in the ’98 team? Or in 2001 when he gave us strength after the Sept. 11 attacks? He was as much a face of the recovery in New York as anyone was. Torre also gave Aaron Boone an inspirational pep talk in 2003, right before his home run in Game 7 won the Yankees the A.L. pennant. That was the last great Yankee moment. For all those reasons and more, I thank Joe.

I thought I wanted change after the 2007 season. Making it to October was something of the norm around here since Torre took over. I expected nothing less. I admit, Joe spoiled me. He was a good manager and he was the right man for the job all along. He got those Yankee teams through the rough times, he got them through the good times, but most importantly, he got them to October.

It’s no coincidence that the year he left, the Yankees failed to make the playoffs and the team he went to go manage, the Dodgers, went to the LCS. After all this time of questioning his ability to manage, it was Joe that got the Yankees that far, not their open checkbook. The way he handled every situation was all in good taste and it was all in the best interest of the Yankees. Some of us just never knew it until now. He was a special guy, one we all grew to love.

Now that I see Torre in a different city and see how much he is loved out west, it makes me want him back in the Bronx. It doesn’t feel the same here without him. I grew up to be such a big Yankee fan because of him and what he did for the team and how he made the Yankees a proud organization again.

His pinstriped days are behind him now but that’s OK. Those memories will last a lifetime. He will always be a Yankee in my book. I hope that one day No. 6 will get retired right along with the other Yankee greats … that’s where he belongs.

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Good post, Frank and good luck. Coming tomorrow: Matt from A Connecticut Yankee.

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