Extra-special birthday wishes go out to the spirit of Babe Ruth today, who is no doubt looking down somewhere and wondering what all the fuss over Johnny Damon wanting millions of dollars is all about. The Babe, who passed away in 1948, would be turning 115 today.
Earlier this week we debated the greatest Yankee of all time (which, probably, isn’t Derek Jeter) and obviously Ruth is the clubhouse leader. If you’ve got a minute, take a look at his baseball-reference page; it’s ridiculous! Although it’s very difficult to compare players from different generations, I think we can all agree that Ruth’s career OPS+ of 207 – which is still the all-time record – is pretty darn impressive.
So happy birthday, Babe. There’s never been another one quite like you.
Also, wanted to take a minute to thank all the blog readers who came up and said hello at today’s World Series trophy showing in Westchester. It’s always an honor to be recognized and it means a lot to hear from so many folks who enjoy what we do here. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say hi.
(By the way, for those who asked: There are actually two Commissioner’s Trophies that the Yankees use to commemorate the World Series win. Unlike, say, the Stanley Cup, a new trophy (or two) is made each year for that year’s champion. So, while one trophy has been in Asia this past week, the other is here in America. I asked Tony Amelio, the Yankees security manager who escorted the trophy today, which one this one was and he said he wasn’t sure but believed that it was the one on the field after the Game 6 clincher.)