Another Fantastic Old Timer’s Day…Only Wish It Was More Organized

Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium is one of the greatest days during the season. Watching some of the greats from the 90’s dynasty years was awesome. With the exception of hearing John Sterling and Michael Kay, the ceremony was fantastic. Watching Bernie Williams and Joe Torre receive two minute standing ovations gave me chills. As for the game, I had some problems with the organization. Of course it was fun watching Tino go yard against Cone, but the lack of intensity was disappointing. I remember a couple of years ago, Paul O’Neill played in his first old-timers game.  Paul was the most competitive, strong-willed ballplayer I had ever watched. But on Old Timers Day he showed a lack of hustle, laughed when he popped out, and didn’t even dive for a ball down the right field line. Even though O’Neill was back in pinstripes playing ball, this wasn’t the Paul I knew back in the day. When I watch the old timers, I want them to play with the intensity they played with during their careers. In order for this to happen, there must be a substantial prize for the winning team.

What is Reggie Doing?

I know that the old timers have always worn pinstripes, but I feel that it would be better if  the separate teams wore different jerseys. Maybe one team can wear the gray road uniforms while the other wears the pinstripes. The game should be played the right way. In order to make the teams fair, they should have a draft system. Maybe the old-timers who are from the 1940’s and 1950’s could be the coaches. Then for the draft, each team has to draft the exact same amount of players from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s. Just a thought.

Even though the organization wasn’t completely there, this was obviously still a special day. Even seeing the random guys like Clay Bellinger, Pat Kelly, Ramiro Mendoza, and Brian Bohringer put the pinstripes back on was great to see. Even better, in the real game the Yanks took care of business to remain on top of the AL East. Starting Tuesday, the Yankees will begin another interleague series at home against the Brewers (a former division rival).

 

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