What’s in a Number?

Once upon a time the New York Yankees were a proud and storied franchise.  As part of their tradition they had a place in Yankee Stadium called Monument Park where monuments were erected to their most famous and worthy players like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Also there was a wall on which the numbers of elite Yankees were placed after they had been retired from active use.  Numbers belonging to such greats as Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford adorned the wall.  Indeed, it was a special place where Yankee greatness was celebrated. 

Today however I fear the greatness of Monument Park has been diminished by the fequency at which player numbers are being retired.  Recently the Yankees have said that three numbers, those belonging to Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Bernie Williams will be retired and placed on the wall of fame in left field.  Now don't get me wrong I liked all three of these players very much. They were all major contributors to Yankee championship teams but worthy of a retired number?  I don't think so.  Particularly in the case of Pettitte who after pitching for the Yankees went on to Houston and was then later implicated in a doping scandal.  Give me a break Yankees!!! 

Not surprisingly the retiring of all these numbers will be held in conjunction with a "day" at the Stadium.  Seems to me the Yankees know that they will have attendance problems this year because the team they are planning to put on the field is likely to stink.  Accordingly they are inventing ways to put fannies in the seats.  So much for the greatness of The Babe and The Iron Horse.

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