• Geno Speaks

    Posted by on September 25th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Great stuff from Steve Serby’s Sunday Q & A with… Gene Monahan

    Q: Favorite Yankees moments?

    A: There’ve been thousands of ’em. On the field, one of my favorites is when Chris Chambliss hit the home run to put us in our first World Series when I was the trainer here in ’76. Obviously, Bucky Dent’s home run in ’78, with Reggie [Jackson’s] following in the same game. The no-hitters and the perfect games, all tremendous things. Mo Rivera getting his 602nd save. That was a big emotional moment for me personally ’cause … saw just about every one of ’em … and off the field, the birth of my (two) daughters.

    Q: What was your reaction the moment Bucky Dent hit the ball?

    A: Well, Bucky had just fouled a ball off his ankle, and we had to go out there and we were trying to get it calmed down and talk him down through the soreness of that, and sprayed it off a little bit, and we were talking, Mickey Rivers was on deck. He came over and said, “Buck, you got a cracked bat there, brother. Use this one.” So he gave him a different bat, we went back to the dugout and I turned around, and the crack of the bat, and the ball went to left field and we thought, “Hey, that ball’s got a chance.” And [Carl] Yastrzemski went over in the corner and looked up and it was in the net.

    Q: Favorite Yankees team?

    A: This year’s because it’s the most current.

    Q: Most devastating defeat?

    A: Well, I would have to say it was the playoffs with the Red Sox when we were up three games to none with an inning to play in Game 4.

    Q: And after the game?

    A: It was just kind of a weird quietness, and I knew I didn’t like it. And when you have games like that, even as the athletic trainer, you can’t wait till tomorrow to get back out there.

    Q: When the Red Sox won Game 7?

    A: I remember wanting pretty much to say goodbyes to guys, and then I wanted to go home. I just wanted some private time, quiet time with my family, and that’s what I did.

    I have to say, 2004 still haunts me. I’m over 2001. (It’s easy to joke that the Yankees won that World Series, three games to four.) And, I let go of 1997 minutes after it happened. Also, in time, the pain from 1995 went away. But, I cannot get 2004 out of my head.

    Even if the Red Sox collapse this year, and you add 2011 to 1978, it doesn’t make up for 2004. The Yankees had the Red Sox on the mat since 1918. And, 2004 let them back up. Shoot, I can even live with 2007 – since it didn’t happen in the Yankees face (and that one is more on the Indians). Although I do wonder if 2007 ever happens if the Red Sox lost in 2004…

    But, 2004 changed everything. And, it’s never been the same since…

    It was a sin that the Yankees let that happen. An unforgivable one.

    Yeah, I know…it was the Red Sox who really choked in the 2004 ALCS…for letting the Yankees win the first three games when, clearly, Boston had he better team.

    Nope. As much as I tell myself that, it doesn’t work.

    In any event, read the Q&A – it’s super. I’ve always wished the Geno would write a book. His time with the big league club covers my entire fandom of the team. But, I know he would never do that. So, this Q&A may be as close as we get to that. Check it out – every page. Great stuff.

    Comments on Geno Speaks

    1. Raf
      September 25th, 2011 | 9:00 am

      Excellent interview. I like the glimpses he gives of the players questioned. Surprisingly, or maybe it was omitted, but there was nothing there about Billy Martin or Rodriguez. I guess there’s only so much time…

      Geno seems like a pretty good guy, one who’s aware of his blessings; apprecative. I wish him well in the future.

    2. Garcia
      September 25th, 2011 | 10:26 am

      2004 sucked for a couple of years, I was constantly reminded of it by Sox fans that I know from 2004 to 2009. When the Yanks won in 2009, then I felt a lot better about the Yanks not having one of those 20 year runs w/o winning a championship, where the 2004 collapse would constantly be referenced. The references to 2004 stopped after 2009 and now it represents a snapshot in time, not something that we are constantly linked to every time the Yanks are in the playoffs.

      Lastly, I’ve had people close to me pass away, and a bunch of other things that are way more significant than the 2004 collapse. I am over 2004, nothing is supposed to last forever — and that includes the RS never winning a championship.

      Also, you have to look at the inverse, all the goodwill the Sox were getting for being the Yankees doormat has dissipated. They’re now looked at as being no different than the Yankees, sans the championships. I am at peace with 2004, I have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

    3. JeremyM
      September 25th, 2011 | 10:26 am

      I think I’m over 2004. What can you do about it? Lots of could’ve would’ve should’ves, but the Sox had to win one eventually, and you know what? Good for them. Sure, I wish we could go back, say start Mussina in game 4 instead of Duque instead of holding on to Moose for game 5 with Torre talking about saving him for a possible loss (go for the throat Torre!)….

      Yeah, I’m over it.

    4. Raf
      September 25th, 2011 | 10:52 am

      @ JeremyM:
      OTOH, Torre went for the throat by calling on Rivera in the 8th. 9th inning with the bottom of the order coming up, I liked the chances of a Yankees sweep.

    5. redbug
      September 25th, 2011 | 11:01 am

      I will never get over 2004. I still have my 1918 cap. Hate not being able to yell that at the stadium any more. I loved always laughing at how they’d choke. Most of all, I hated that it was the Yanks who chocked against THEM!.

      2001 still hurts because I wanted it because of September 11. It wan’t going to make it better but it was a distraction from all the hurt.

      I’m going to miss seeing Gene in the dugout. He’s been there through most of my Yankee years. He’s done an outstanding job w/ the players and it was amazing he kept his job through all those years w/ George.

    6. 77yankees
      September 25th, 2011 | 11:24 am

      I shrug my shoulders about 2004. It stung for a few days, and I told people at the time nobody would remember it if Boston went on to lose to the Cardinals in the Series. But like I say, if you win like a champion, you have to lose like one too. They won it, we lost it.

      As far as Geno, while Jeter has the record for most games played as a Yankee, and Frank Crosetti has the most games as a player and coach – nobody has watched more Yankee games from the dugout in history than Monahan.

      If the Yankees should go on to win the World Series this year, wouldn’t it be poignantly fitting if the Steinbrenner family calls Geno up to the podium to accept the trophy with them as the ultimate sendoff?

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