Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hawkins to Wear 22

Hawkins, probably tired of getting booed for trying to honor a man who played the game hard, is a hall of famer, and died trying to deliver humanitarian aid to earthquake victims, has decided to take number 22.

The reaction to Hawkins' wearing of number 21 was decidedly ungangster. I know O'Neil was a fan favorite, but come on, he's not Jeter, he's not Mo, he was never the face of the franchise or anything like that. Melky's a fan favorite, maybe his number should be off limit too.

I know O'Neil was a big part of those championship teams, but so was Tino, hell, Scott Brosius was a mad man when we played San Diego. Should all their numbers be retired? Of course not. The fans were wrong on this one, and booing a guy for honoring a veritable baseball hero is outright ridiculous. As a Yankee I pride myself on rooting for a class act of an organization, but the fans definitely fell short of that standard on this one.

6 comments:

michael kei said...

The boos were probably from O'Neill's family members.

Roberto Alejandro said...

he is Irish Catholic so I'd imagine he's got an awful lot of siblings.

Anonymous said...

1998... 10 yrs ago. no wonder jeter is old.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Gangster is much like wine. It gets better with age.

Anonymous said...

i don't drink wine, but if you say so. "old" does not mean bad. it is just a fact. i just remember that that was a boring world series. probably because of san diego... but still.. that was a boring series.

Fernando said...

Some world series just lack hype. Colorado and Boston last year was pretty boring too, but could you imagine if it had been Colorado and Cleveland? Those ratings would have put Fox out of business.