Only the most jaded Jeter fans could ignore the obvious. Derek Jeter is older, slower, and injured. There will be a day when he can’t play anymore. Will it be this year or next?
Baseball writers do the voting and they have become the gatekeepers. Baseball writers must judge the game diligently and expertly.
They say everything changes in October. New heroes are born and others fall from greatness. That was certainly the case Sunday night.
The Yankees have held a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris’ 61-homer season, a total that the families of Maris and Mickey Mantle still believe is the legitimate record.
The debate isn’t at all about Roger Maris’s merits for the Hall of Fame, because he has none. This is a microcosm, a debate we all have about someone from your youth, parsing preteen idolatry from reality.
The parallels are uncanny between Christian Lopez, the 23-year-old who returned Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit ball, and Sal Durante, the lucky fan who came away with Roger Maris’ record 61st home run ball in 1961. Except for one thing…
Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira’s home run pace could allow them to become the first teammates to reach the mark of 50 since Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1961. It would only be fitting if two present day Yankees match the accomplishments of the immortal ‘M&M Boys,’ and usher back memories of a bygone era in baseball.
This is a great time of the year. We are in the midst of postseason play, looking forward to its culmination in yet another World Series. The passion, beauty and geometry of Baseball seem to come together in a special way in the Fall Classic.
Ever since I was a kid, Babe Ruth was my favorite player, even though I was only three-and-a-half months old when he died. As I grew up, I became more and more convinced that Babe […]