I honestly had no idea what Andruw Jones was talking about this morning. He was talking about letting Hiroki Kuroda take No. 18, saying he never asked for anything in return before switching to No. 22.
“They called me and (he) was more than welcome,” Jones said. “It’s a Japanese thing, so why not let him do it?”
Japanese thing? Kuroda explained this afternoon that No. 18 is often the number worn by a team’s ace in Japan. It’s the number he’s worn every since coming to the U.S. to play for the Dodgers.
“It wasn’t as important as a lot of people think,” Kuroda said. “But it’s a number I’ve been wearing for four years.”
By the way, there’s another number change on the Yankees roster.
Chris Dickerson is now wearing No. 41, having lost his No. 27 to Raul Ibanez. Dickerson would have liked to wear the number he had with the Reds, but that was No. 21, and the Yankees didn’t want to give him Paul O’Neill’s old number. It’s funny, of course, that Dickerson got that number in the first place when he was playing for O’Neill’s original team.
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