The Yankees did a good job of showing up at Cooperstown for Rich Gossage yesterday.
Via Bill Madden -
Among the Yankee alumni on hand: Graig Nettles, Ron Guidry, Pat Kelly, Gene Michael, Jim Beattie, Roy White and Mickey Rivers. White, who has been fired three times as a Yankee coach, said he will not be coming to Old-Timers’ Day Saturday, even though it is an easy commute from his home in Toms River, N.J. “I’ve just had enough,” he said of his Yankee disses.
According to the Times Union, Sparky Lyle and David Cone were there too. (Yanks GM Brian Cashman, COO Lonn Trost and senior VP Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal also made the trip.)
Betcha when Mariano and Jeter get their day at Cooperstown there will be lots of former teammates there as well. But, I’m not sure that you’ll see the same when A-Rod gets in.
It’s too bad that Roy White feels the way that he does about the Yankees. It’s costing him money – for sure. I have to imagine that the Yankees would be willing to have him “host” some games in luxury boxes. He’s done it in the past – ditto guys like Oscar Gamble and Jim Leyritz. Hey, it’s easy money to sit there for three hours, sign autographs, and tell Yankees stories.
White’s place in Yankees history is right up there with guys like Mattingly and Murcer. From 1968 through 1976, White was one of the Yankees best players. In a way, he was the Bernie Williams of his time. (Bernie, are you paying attention to where White’s relationship with the Yankees is now?)