Yankees honor Old-Timer’s Day
The Yankees have all the greats from the past, and still the team of the future. Yesterday, over 50 former greats showed up for 65th annual Old-Timer’s day. Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Dwight Gooden, Bernie Williams, Darryl Strawberry, and Tino Maritinez were a few of the many greats. Joe Torre was elated to wear the blue and white pinstripes again (quotes below). Tino hit a monster in the Old-Timer’s game to get Bernie home from second to help the Bombers beat the Clippers 2-0. The Yankees also beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 with blasts by Big Tex, Jorge Posada, and Nick Swisher.
“Putting it back on felt good,” said Torre, who managed the Yankees to four World Series championships (1996, ’98, ’99, 2000) during his 12 years as their skipper. “Taking it off was quite emotional back in ’07 because when I was doing it, I knew I wasn’t going to be here anymore. I just don’t like to dwell on stuff, but I certainly did feel different when I put it on (Sunday morning), because it was something I hadn’t done it in a long time, and it’s obviously the uniform that has meant the most to my career.” – espn
“I knew this day would come,” said Torre, who received a rousing ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd after his introduction. “I’ve been looking forward to this. I think I’m going to enjoy this day.” – espn
“It was heartwarming,” Torre said of the ovation he received. “These fans are so special, and you can feel their heartbeat.” – espn
Tino Martinez monster HR in Old-Timers game: