For the past few weeks I’ve been listening to almost nothing but The Frames, a great Irish band that’s massive back in Ireland but remains fairly unknown in America. For whatever reason, they left me wondering, who of the Yankees is huge in this fan base but remains unappreciated elsewhere?
Obviously Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are more beloved in New York than anywhere else, but all of baseball is well aware they’re Hall of Famers. Don Mattingly was pretty popular everywhere (I knew a minor league pitcher who grew up a Red Sox fan, but his favorite player of all time was Mattingly). Curtis Granderson and CC Sabathia have come to New York with their reputations already established.
I suspect, though, that Robinson Cano might be lost in the shuffle for some outside observers. I think most baseball fans are well aware he’s one of the best second basemen in baseball, but they’d be surprised to learn he’s twice finished in the top 25 of MVP voting. I certainly think Scott Brosius fits the profile. He throws out post-season first pitches at Yankee Stadium, but most everywhere else he’s just a vaguely familiar third baseman.
Oddly enough, Andy Pettitte might be the best example on the current roster. I say that because I’m not sure I knew just how good he was until I left Missouri.
Are there Yankees you’ve seen who leave you feeling like you’re in on the secret, that you see greatness where the rest of the baseball universe isn’t paying attention?