My wife and I took the kids to the 2011 Lakewood BlueClaws FanFest today. And, I was wearing the Yankees 2009 World Series Champions Parade Hoody Sweatshirt that the kids gave me as a gift after the Yankees last ring.
We were on line, waiting for the park to open, and there was another family in front of us – a husband, wife and daughter. I’m guessing that the parents were in their early 60′s and the girl was in her early 20′s. While waiting, we struck up a conversation that went like this:
The woman, to me, breaking the ice: I like your shirt.
Me: Thanks. It would be nice to get another one this year. (Meaning another championship for the Yanks.)
The husband: They’ve got a lot of great players but they’re all rich and not many are kids.
Me: Yeah, they’ve got some guys who are on the back-end of thirty and who are gonna be around for a while because they’re making so much.
The husband: Well, they’re starting to go a little. Andy’s not coming back. Good for him. Spending time with his family.
Me: Yeah, he’s set for life. He doesn’t need any more money. He’s smart to do what he wants to do now. He’s earned it.
The husband: I just wish they didn’t have all those old guys. It would be nice to see them give some kids a chance.
Me: That’s the smart thing to do. Have the kids ready to step in and then you don’t have to keep the other guys when they’re old and making a ton of money.
The husband: I guess some of them never want to go. Look at Jeter. He’s going to stay there until he has every record that he wants.
The daughter, who, until this time had her back turned to me and fiddling with her smart phone: Jeter, has got to go!
Me: Well, you’ve got four more years of him. So, it’s going to be a while.
And, at that point, they opened the park and we all started in…
I found the young lady’s comments to be very interesting. There’s a good chance that she was probably one of those young girls holding up a “Marry Me, Jeter!” sign at the Stadium back in 1999. But, now, there’s a ‘hole different feeling for the Captain…
Geez, if they can turn on Jeter – as so many others have – boy, are they gonna have a field day with A-Rod very soon…because he’s not the player he once was either…and he’s gonna be here for a long time comin’…