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Yankees pregame: Old-Timers’ Day

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 01, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here for Chad again today. The Yankees from glory days and not-so-glory days are here, too, for Old-Timers’ Day.

There were loud ovations during the ceremony, especially for the usual fan favorites as they trotted out onto the broiling field, Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez and Joe Torre. There were the usual loud cheers for the two Hall of Famers who rode in together in the back seat of a cart from center field to behind home plate, 87-year-old Yogi Berra and 83-year-old Whitey Ford. They stayed in the cart and waved. The Old-Timers’ Game is in progress.

“The interesting thing is you get a chance to see a lot of your teammates that you played with and had success,” Joe Girardi said. “And then you always get a chance to see the guys who came before us and had a ton of success. I absolutely love it. … I always like seeing guys that I played with and busting their chops about being Old-Timers. That’s enjoyable to me.”

Girardi reflected about his success here.

“I’ve always thought about my World Series rings as for my kids,” Girardi said. “I made a joke with my wife one day (after) we won the World Series in 1996 and ’98 and we were playing in the playoffs in 1999. I said, ‘That will determine if we have another child or not.’ Sure enough we did. But I’ve got to tell you, I don’t plan on having a fourth one. As a manager, it doesn’t count. But I think the final game in 1996, the first time you have a chance to realize that dream is probably my fondest memory.”

Torre talked about Jeter’s shot at reaching 4,000 hits, seeing it as a long shot. The Captain is at 3,185.

“When people start talking about 4,000, it’s probably out of reach,” Torre said. “But I never question anything this kid has set his mind to, so we’ll see. He has a long way to go. This game is not easy to play on an everyday basis … I don’t think he’s going to hang around for a personal record unless he’s able to contribute to his team doing well.”

A-Rod is not in the lineup today, but it’s just a day off.

“We’re going to go to three days on turf (at Tampa Bay), and then we’re going to have a day off and we have a split doubleheader (in Boston) on Saturday,” Girardi said. “So I’m doing what I can to keep him fresh and trying to be cognizant of the other guys as well.”

Girardi hopes that CC Sabathia will play catch this week with the Yankees on the road.






17 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Old-Timers’ Day”

  1. blake July 1st, 2012 at 12:53 pm



    I think those are some fair points….I’ve said many times that ideally I’d like to see the Yanks move Cashman to President of baseball ops position and then hire a GM that specializes in the areas where Cashman struggles. Nobody is perfect…..Cashman is great at certain things and his track record in others isn’t as good…..would love to keep him on board and at the same time maybe get a fresh voice with a different way of looking at development

  2. blake July 1st, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I’m heading out for the day….enjoy the game and OTD. Go Yanks. Keep the ball down Hughesy….go Phil!

  3. GreenBeret7 July 1st, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Ricky Henderson dogs it down the first base line.

  4. ZMAN July 1st, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    The actual Old Timers game is awful.

  5. Bo knows July 1st, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    re post

    I think he has flaws….but at some point you have to look at the scoreboard….thr Yankees have missed the playoffs one time in almost two decades…..there isnt another GM cllse to that record. Sire the payroll helps….but other teams have high payrolls too. Cashman has to get some credit for actually doing what hes supposed to with the money which is to win every year.

    That’s it. No need to repeat. Blake summed it up.

    And I won’t even talk about the A Rod and Soriano contract handicaps that were foisted on Cashman. Does Soriano look good this year? Sure he does. Preplanning for fluke injuries isn’t good management.

    Then there is the rebuilding of the scouting system from ground zero. Go check on some of those first round picks, pre Hughes.

    Does the development system need an overhaul? You betcha. First Newman and then Nardi, that they’ve moved up to AA and AAA pitching. Blew his wad with Betances. Rothschild is in the process of moving over to development.

  6. CompassRosy July 1st, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I didn’t view Peavy’s comments as whining per se, seems like he was just stating the fact that the Yankee batters were doing their job, taking advantage of their park and his job was a tough row-to-hoe – given his extreme fly ball tendencies and his right-handedness to boot. Whereas, Kuroda, who is pretty “even steven” with both splits (r/l and fb/gb) seems a perfect match for NYS

    Remind me to have the M’s skip Hector if he’s in line to pitch next in the M’s visit to YS ;)

  7. b_widmer2 July 1st, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Good for Melky

  8. yankeefeminista July 1st, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Yep, very happy for Melky. Glad to see my 100 votes for him paid off. ;) And of course, for our Pinstripers as well. :)

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Is this the usual crowd for an OTD, or has that taken a hit too due to financial considerations? Anybody know?

  10. Bo knows July 1st, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    The thing is that calling Cashman a lousy manager is just part of the story. Oppenheimer, Eppley, Girardi, Rothschild are all people that Cashman either hired, promoted or developed. Consulted Michael, brought back Livesey. Oppenheimer and Eppley were on the short list for GM posts.

    There’s the interference by the suits as in putting Oppenheimer on a budget. Toronto, Boston and everyone else were stockpiling picks and going hell bent for leather overslot, Cashman was put on a budget. Notice the gap in AAA and AA players, all due to the budget in drafting. Oppie was constrained to HS players during the draft. Sanchez was the last, big ticket item in LA.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Is Eppley anything to Cody?

  12. yankeefeminista July 1st, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Trisha, I answered you in the previous thread.

    Chad or/and co. are keeping it moving. New thread this way :arrow:

  13. yankeefeminista July 1st, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    It’s Eppler, not Eppley

  14. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 1st, 2012 at 3:11 pm


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