• Once A Yankee Fan

    Posted by on December 6th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    Interesting stuff from Pat Jordan

    The Yankees are now an embarrassment of riches, a $200 million a year collection of overpaid superstars who have trouble beating the underpaid kids from Tampa Bay and Oakland. The list begins with A-Rod but doesn’t end with him. He’s just the most visible manifestation of a major league baseball team gone mad. Today’s Yankees, a clueless aggregate of one dimensional talents (see Granderson’s home runs), have no personality as a team. I once had an argument with Justin Verlander about the relative merits of ballplayers from my youth, Joe Di, Rizzuto, Berra, Mantle, Whitey Ford, Spahn, Williams, etc., etc., versus the ballplayers of today. I said my youthful heroes were better. Verlander shook his head no. He said today’s players are more physically talented, stronger and faster. Maybe so, but their talents are often one-dimensional.

    O.K., I’ll just hang up now and listen to your reaction…

    Comments on Once A Yankee Fan

    1. MJ Recanati
      December 6th, 2012 | 5:04 pm

      No reaction whatsoever. Whoever Pat Jordan is, he’s entitled to his opinion. We always romanticize the players of our youth and we always romanticize those players whose flaws have blurred with the passage of time.

      If Pat Jordan wants to play the clichéd role of old fart, that’s cool, it’s a free country. He should at least be courteous enough to separate fact from the fog and haze of old age.

    2. Raf
      December 6th, 2012 | 7:17 pm

      Same as it ever was… You have superstars, role players, one dimensional players, players who never panned out, players who’ve stuck around too long, players that quit while they were ahead, blah, blah, blah. You had them then, you have them now. While much of the game has changed (especially since Jordan plied his trade in the Milwaukee Braves system; the Braves are in a different city, working in their 2nd stadium, while Milwaukee became an AL town, then back to NL town all the while playing in the AL West, Central, East and NL Central and County Stadium’s a parking lot…), at its core it has remained the same.

    3. December 6th, 2012 | 8:11 pm

      If it’s the same Pat Jordon I’m thinking of (to answer MJ’s question) he played minor league baseball (in the then Milwaukee Braves system). He wrote a book years ago called “A False Spring” (it’s a very good baseball book). To address his remarks, like the title of the old Bob Dylan’s song, “Things Have Changed”. It’s not complicated. When I was growing up I had a friend whose father drove the Q48 bus in Queens. The Q48 left Flushing and went down Roosevelt Ave past Shea Stadium. One of the regular passengers on the bus during the baseball season was a guy who worked at Shea named Al Jackson. His job, he was a starting pitcher for the Mets. Can you imagine something like that today. As you get older one of the requirements is changing with the times. If you can’t then you have to do what Tony Kubek did, walk away. The rule holds not just for baseball but for everything.

    4. Scout
      December 6th, 2012 | 9:28 pm

      In my youth, the Yankee second baseman was Horace Clarke. So much for romanticizing the past.

    5. Ricketson
      December 6th, 2012 | 9:54 pm

      “The Yankees are now an embarrassment of riches…;” agree somewhat. “Today’s Yankees have no personality as a team;” agree. “Verlander… said today’s players are more physically talented, stronger and faster.” agree completely. “Maybe so, but their talents are often one-dimensional;” disagree somewhat – they might have played the game better.

    6. Evan3457
      December 6th, 2012 | 10:43 pm

      Old Ballplayers Never Die.

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