Two Yankees legends will be back at the stadium today after an off-season where both announced they would be leaving Yankee Stadium behind. Jorge Posada and “Bald” Vinny Milano will be back; one to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and the other back in the comfort of section 203 with the Bleacher Creatures. I am excited for both of them.
Jorge retired in January after 16 Hall of Fame seasons with the Yankees. The announcement was an emotional one, and being that the former catcher never truly got to say goodbye to the fans in Yankee Stadium today will be special. As one of the anointed “Core Four”, it will surely be a special day for Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera as well. If only the newly un-retired Andy Pettitte could be there to welcome him back the four would be reunited for one more day. Jorge was always one of may favorite Yankees, and I wish I was there to thank him in person. Seeing him throw out the first pitch will probably bring goosebumps. What would make it even better is if the roles are reversed and Rivera is out to catch it.
I wrote a few weeks ago about Bald Vinny and how life would be forcing him away from Yankee Stadium this season. Vinny needed to move on from his T-Shirt business, and spending 81 days at the Stadium to support his family wasn’t cutting it. After 10-plus years as the leader of the famous roll call and the face of the Bleacher Creatures it was the end. As we many of us know, finding employment is tough right now, and for Vinny it was no exception. Luckily for us as Yankees fans he recently made the announcement that he would be back. Back selling his shirts on River Ave, and back in section 203 leading roll call. My hope for Vinny is success with the shirt business and one day a licensing deal so that the business can be his “real” job for life. I bought two Bleacher Creature shirts myself (probably the only two in Idaho) and if you are reading this and are a die-hard Yankee fan, you should too.
Welcome back Jorge, and welcome back Bald Vinny.
Two Yankee Stadium legends.
Now if Bald Vinny will just do roll call for Jorge when he comes out the day will be perfect.
Ok. I have had enough of spring training. Enough split squads, enough rotation battles, enough odd injuries, and enough bullpen sessions. I am sick of watching games in Triple-A stadiums, and tired of upside down lineups of players I have never heard of. I am ready for opening day.
I have taken the week off from work, ordered my kegs (what?) and am planning my menu. Peanuts in the shell, brats, hot dogs, chorizo, and cracker jacks for the kids. I have my new Bleacher Creature shirt from Bald Vinny, and will go buy a new Yankees hat this week. I am ready for the MLB network, the YES Network, WCBS and even ESPN to be tuned to baseball.
I am ready for Michael Kay’s “See Ya” and John Sterling’s “It is high, it is far, it isss gone!”, and “Ballgame over, Yankees win! Theeeeee Yankees, win!” I can’t wait to hear Bob Sheppard introduce Derek Jeter from the grave in the first inning (creepy, right?) or hear enter sandman in the ninth.
Green grass, blue skies, the smell of leather and the crack of the bat.
Baseball season is almost here, and I am ready.
One four days to go , Yankees fans.