I was at the Yankees game yesterday. For about 45 minutes, I hung out by “the bat” – just people watching. I find it interesting to examine fellow Yankees fans, tourists, and fans of other teams as the gather and mill around outside the Stadium. Plus, I always like to see if I may run into someone that I know – within the big crowds that now form in the Bronx on game-days.
Yesterday evening, I decided to take note of what people were wearing.
Sure, there was the “straight from work crowd” that were attired in business appropriate duds. And, there were the “fans of other teams” crowd – although not as much as when a team like Boston comes to town. (I saw two guys wearing Phillies jerseys and caps. And, one guy wearing a Blue Jays T-Shirt.)
But, mostly everyone had on some sort of Yankees top – men, women, and children. Some were game-replica type jerseys and others were just T-shirts. Some had some sort of designer-type garb with Yankees on it, etc.
Seeing this, I decided to focus in on player’s numbers and names that were featured on these Yankees shirts. Since Worm Killer Wang was pitching, there were tons of fans in shirts with “Wang, 40″ or just “40″ on them. And, there were several hundred fans with shirts that had “Jeter, 2″ or “2″ on them – and just as many with “Rodriguez, 13″ or “13″ on them.
I also saw many shirts for Yankees from the past – like “Ruth, 3″ and “Gehrig, 4″ and “Mantle, 7″ – as well as shirts for Thurman Munson, Paul O’Neill, Don Mattingly and Bernie Williams.
Among other active players, I saw shirts for Damon, Clemens, Melky, Cano, Matsui and Pettitte. I even saw a handful with “Giambi, 25″ or “25″ on them.
I saw a few with “Rivera, 42″ or “42″ on them – but not as many as Jeter or A-Rod, for sure, and not even as many as I saw for Matsui, Cano, and Melky. That was a bit odd.
I even saw one guy with a Yankees BP jersey that had “Costanza” on the back, across the shoulders, with double-zero for the number.
However, in the 45 minutes that I was out there, while I saw hundreds of Jeter’s and Rodriguez’s, and several for the other guys that I mentioned, I saw just one shirt – yes, just one, that said “Posada, 20.” And, it was not until I was just about to go inside the Stadium that I saw it. It was one of those navy T-shirts with the name and number. A girl was wearing it. I want to say that she was about 17-years old.
In the 45 minutes that I was out there, I must have looked at 1,500 people come and go – most wearing some sort of Yankees shirt and most of those shirts tied to a player and/or a player’s number. And, I saw just one person wearing a shirt for Jorge Posada. That’s kind of shocking.
Put it another way, I saw just as many people wearing Yankees gear for George Costanza as I did people wearing Yankees gear for Jorge Posada.
What’s up with that? Is Jorgie not getting the love from the fans that he deserves?