• Marte & Nady’s Numbers

    Posted by on July 27th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    I have this thing about uniform numbers. Maybe someday I’ll go into the details. But, for now, let’s just say that I was wondering about what numbers Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady were going to wear as Yankees.

    I knew that Marte wore number 43 with the Pirates and White Sox. But, Darrell Rasner has that one on the Yankees. And, I knew that Nady wore number 22 with the Padres, Mets, and Pirates. And, LaTroy Hawkins was wearing that one for New York.

    So, I was surprised that Nady took number 29 with the Yankees – considering that Hawkins was let go the day that Nady arrived. Marte? When I saw him wearing number 34, I thought “O.K., he switched the digits, makes sense” and that was it.

    Funny, I never thought about the “Phil Hughes” thing with number 34 until I noticed that Peter Abraham brought it up today. (I suppose it’s an “out of sight, out of mind” thing for me on Hughes.)

    Looking into it further, I found this from Tyler Kepner:

    The new left-handed reliever Dámaso Marte was issued No. 34, with the blessing of the injured pitcher Phil Hughes, who had no luck with the number early this season. Xavier Nady took No. 29, last worn by pitcher Kei Igawa, who was dropped from the 40-man roster.

    Funny, six months ago, Hughes went out of his way to get number 34 (switching from number 65). As Phil wrote about it:

    3+4=7, my Mom’s favorite number, and 34 was the number of my favorite pitcher growing up, Nolan Ryan

    I feel bad for all those who were so quick to jump on the “Phil Franchise” bandwagon and who went out to buy a Yankees shirt with a “65” and/or “34” on it. Looks they may have to go out and get another “Phil Hughes” shirt. Betcha Hughes goes for number 45 now…like I thought that he would six months ago (when he ditched “65”).

    Then again, that may just set up Hughes for more comparisons to Carl Pavano (who has “45” now) the next time Phil ends up on the disabled list again.

    Nady? Something tells me that “29” is only a placeholder for him – and that “22” is coming soon. Since he wore it everywhere he’s been, why not do it with the Yankees too?

    Comments on Marte & Nady’s Numbers

    1. Tex Antoine
      July 27th, 2008 | 6:29 pm

      The mania over Hughes’ number, like his ridiculous blog and the anointing of Ian Kennedy as “IPK,” will be remembered in a future age alongside the crowning of the Mets’ “Generation K” in the annals of over-the-top fan/PR Department lunacy.

    2. July 27th, 2008 | 8:40 pm

      Well, if it ends up that Hughes and Kennedy don’t amount to much, maybe, just maybe, it will stop the current throng of 20-something year old Yankees fans from putting the next Yankees pitching prospect on a crazy pedestal before he proves anything at the big leage level.

      There’s a whole generation of Yankees fans out there now who did not experience guys like Mike Griffin, Sam Militello, Gene Nelson, Gil Patterson, etc.

      They haven’t lived through seeing the next, great, young, Yankees pitching hope going bust. Maybe this is where they learn…and then are better suited to not count their chickens before they are hatched…in the future?

      This is not to say that you can’t love a young pitcher…it’s just that you should wait and see him have some consistent success at the big league level…like Joba’s doing now. If you want to crown someone, it makes much more sense to see him prove something, again, consistently, in the majors.

      And, FWIW, if Hughes and/or Kennedy do that at the big league level, I’ll sing songs of their glory…but, I’m going to wait before I start going too crazy…because I’ve seen so many fail in the past.

    3. Raf
      July 28th, 2008 | 12:52 am

      but, I’m going to wait before I start going too crazy…because I’ve seen so many fail in the past.
      Joba blew through the minors… Just like Hughes & Kennedy did.

      And the caliber of pitchers you saw in the past don’t compare to Hughes Kennedy & Chamberlain.

      Too many young pitchers around the league doing well to cloud optimism about young Yankee pitching

    4. Don
      July 28th, 2008 | 3:38 am

      Who is this Phil Hughes? Other than a picture on my milk carton.

    5. Don
      July 28th, 2008 | 3:43 am

      Gil Patterson blew out his rotator cuff, that is what happened to him. Otherwise, greatness was his. So don’t compare.

      And yeah, IPK is a stupid nickname, regardless. Like big poppy. I don’t mind Ortiz, just the stupid RSN/ESPN nickname. And hearing Waldman (begone!) using it, or any Yankees broadcaster or fan, drives me nuts.

      99%+ of players should not have a nickname.

      And I gave Alex the most deserved one of his era, aka A-Freud.

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