I have this thing about uniform numbers. Maybe someday I’ll go into the details. But, for now, let’s just say that I was wondering about what numbers Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady were going to wear as Yankees.
I knew that Marte wore number 43 with the Pirates and White Sox. But, Darrell Rasner has that one on the Yankees. And, I knew that Nady wore number 22 with the Padres, Mets, and Pirates. And, LaTroy Hawkins was wearing that one for New York.
So, I was surprised that Nady took number 29 with the Yankees – considering that Hawkins was let go the day that Nady arrived. Marte? When I saw him wearing number 34, I thought “O.K., he switched the digits, makes sense” and that was it.
Funny, I never thought about the “Phil Hughes” thing with number 34 until I noticed that Peter Abraham brought it up today. (I suppose it’s an “out of sight, out of mind” thing for me on Hughes.)
Looking into it further, I found this from Tyler Kepner:
The new left-handed reliever Dámaso Marte was issued No. 34, with the blessing of the injured pitcher Phil Hughes, who had no luck with the number early this season. Xavier Nady took No. 29, last worn by pitcher Kei Igawa, who was dropped from the 40-man roster.
Funny, six months ago, Hughes went out of his way to get number 34 (switching from number 65). As Phil wrote about it:
3+4=7, my Mom’s favorite number, and 34 was the number of my favorite pitcher growing up, Nolan Ryan
I feel bad for all those who were so quick to jump on the “Phil Franchise” bandwagon and who went out to buy a Yankees shirt with a “65″ and/or “34″ on it. Looks they may have to go out and get another “Phil Hughes” shirt. Betcha Hughes goes for number 45 now…like I thought that he would six months ago (when he ditched “65″).
Then again, that may just set up Hughes for more comparisons to Carl Pavano (who has “45″ now) the next time Phil ends up on the disabled list again.
Nady? Something tells me that “29″ is only a placeholder for him – and that “22″ is coming soon. Since he wore it everywhere he’s been, why not do it with the Yankees too?