Dave Shenin, the national baseball writer for the Washington Post catches up with Yankee legend Josh Towers.
“You start out the year with the Washington Nationals and end up getting a World Series ring,” mused Towers, now a non-roster invitee in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ camp in Glendale, Ariz. “It’s amazing how things happen in this game.”
Shenin asks if Towers, who made one start for the Nats Triple-A affiliate before being cut, signed by the Yanks and dispatched to Scranton and subsequently called up big club in September, is the least deserving ring recipient in history – which is harsh, but Towers himself doesn’t exactly dispute that notion.
“I don’t feel like I deserve that ring,” said Towers, 33, a career 45-55 pitcher in parts of eight big-league seasons. “But I’m not going to tell them, ‘No, thanks.’ That’s something I’ll have forever, something to show my grandkids someday.”
Towers threw 5.1 innings for the Yankees – which is more than Michael Dunn (4.0), Anthony Claggett (2.2) and Ian Kennedy (1.) threw.
On the position side, there were a few guys who didn’t exactly rack up the appearances: Xavier Nady (29 at bats), Kevin Cash (28), Angel Berroa (21), Shelley Duncan (15), Juan Miranda (nine) and Freddy Guzman (seven).
I’m all these guys, along with a number of other anonymous Yankee employees got rings but for just a handful of appearances in the pinstripes it’s not bad work if you can get it.