I saw some interviews with Jeremy Shockey and Jonathan Vilma (this morning) and it got me thinking about Yankees who later won a World Series with a team other than the Yankees. First one who came to mind was Dave Winfield – but, I’m sure there are many others.
Was I happy for Winnie when he finally got a ring? No, not really. Like Elaine Benes with lima bean soup, I’ve never been a big fan…of Winfield.
How come? I just never warmed to the guy. He was like the mini-A-Rod of his time. Too much “look at me” and too much “drama” – period.
A very, very, good player – don’t get me wrong. But, just not my cup of tea in terms of being a raving fan of the player. Plus, I really think he milked it in 1989 with the “bad back.” I recall, that season, seeing a picture of him in the paper “on his honeymoon” riding a roller-coaster somewhere (Disneyland?) and thinking “Yeah, that’s what I would do if I had a bad back….not.” My gut feeling is that he took 1989 and made it the “Summer of Dave” (yes, two Seinfeld references in one post!) as a way to stick it to Big Stein. Again, the “me first” type of thing…
How about you? Were you a Yankees fan in the days of Dave Winfield? If so, what did you think of him?