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.