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Robin Yount, no fan of old timers games, says: ‘I ain’t playin’ so don’t ask me to come’

Love to hear Robin go tweet (NO!) tweet (NO!) tweet (NO!).

Yount is not sad to see the demise of old timers games. He said he would never consent to play in them because they diminish the memory of how good a player was when he was active.

“I think it (the Brewers Wall of Honor ceremony) was far better than any old timers game you could ever have,” Yount said. “I am not a fan of old timers games, in all honesty. And I’ll tell you why. Some of these kids will recognize names and not ever have seen them play. Old timers games when we played were fairly common.

“And I will tell you what,” Yount said. “When somebody is very recognizable in a certain organization, a player the kids have heard their parents talk about. This individual and that individual. ‘What a great player this guy was. Yadda, yadda.’ Then you have an old timers game and this guy hasn’t touched a ball or bat for 10 or 15 years. He’s out of shape. And you ask him to go try to play baseball and the youngsters say, ‘Dad, that’s the guy you told me was so good?’

“And I know that’s funny, but I am being very serious,” Yount said. “I don’t think you want to have that memory put into that kid’s mind. They’re disappointed. They thought nothing but how great these people were. That’s just me. I’m not a fan of old timers games. I’m a huge fan of bringing guys back like we did (Friday). Put ’em in a uniform. Some guys will look better in uniform than others. You walk around. You say hello. You wave to the fans. You sign some autographs. And let the best high school teams go out there and play each other. We’ll watch.

“I mean that sincerely,” Yount said. “I don’t like old timers games for that reason right there. And so if we have one here, I ain’t playin’ so don’t ask me to come.”

Repoz Posted: June 14, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Sunday silence Posted: June 14, 2014 at 03:05 PM (#4725958)
I guess it's not such an odd feeling to not want to see yourself get old. I sometimes dont want to look in the mirror, but mostly I am just happy to be around and enjoy life that way. Of course he has a right to feel however he does.
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: June 14, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4725968)
I agree with him for the most part, but I think he underestimates the intelligence of children.
   3. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: June 14, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4725974)
He's far, far from alone in underestimating the intelligence of children.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 14, 2014 at 03:46 PM (#4725984)
He said he would never consent to play in them because they diminish the memory of how good a player was when he was active.

I think it's exactly the opposite. I only saw Joe DiMaggio "play" in Old Timers Day games, but even from a kids's perspective you could tell he had been something special. Seeing someone play on Old Timers Day makes it more likely that younger fans will look up his stats and accord him his proper place in baseball history. That doesn't mean playing forever, but most folks won't embarrass themselves in their 40s and even early 50s in some cases. Of course, in order to have Old Timers Games, you have to have Old Timers Day, and sadly, most teams have abandoned the practice.
   5. Sunday silence Posted: June 14, 2014 at 03:58 PM (#4725987)
I remember showing my dad the clip of Appling (age 75) hitting that HR off of Spahn and we both enjoyed it. If you have a healthy perspective it is a fun thing.
   6. Repoz Posted: June 14, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4726023)
Appling (age 75) hitting that HR off of Spahn

That was the year the All-Star ballpark set-up was designed by Randy Levine & Lonn Trost.
   7. Bote Man Posted: June 14, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4726083)
Of course, in order to have Old Timers Games, you have to have Old Timers Day, and sadly, most teams have abandoned the practice.

Since being old now means "EWWWWWW!!", teams have abandoned the term, instead favoring "Legends Day" or "Legends Game" if they even have them at all.

I know of at least one county fire department that no longer dispatches ambulance calls for "a 20 year old male..."; instead they very carefully say "a 20 year-of-age male..." (as cumbersome as that sounds) because saying the word "old" is, you know...bad. Or sumpin. Ahhh, the Golden Years!
   8. catseyepub Posted: June 14, 2014 at 06:00 PM (#4726090)
He's just got that thing about resembling Marjoe Gortner!!!!
   9. Darnell McDonald had a farm Posted: June 14, 2014 at 06:03 PM (#4726091)
If I ain't startin', I ain't departin'
   10. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: June 14, 2014 at 06:24 PM (#4726105)
I know of at least one county fire department that no longer dispatches ambulance calls for "a 20 year old male..."; instead they very carefully say "a 20 year-of-age male..." (as cumbersome as that sounds) because saying the word "old" is, you know...bad. Or sumpin. Ahhh, the Golden Years!


I've been suspecting for a while now that western civilization has already jumped the shark. It's nice to have confirmation.
   11. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 14, 2014 at 06:29 PM (#4726109)
Put on the uni, get out there with your old teammates, have some fun. Yount's taking things way too seriously.
   12. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 14, 2014 at 06:54 PM (#4726156)
Appling (age 75) hitting that HR off of Spahn

That was the year the All-Star ballpark set-up was designed by Randy Levine & Lonn Trost.


I was at that game, which was played in RFK Stadium. The movable stands - designed for the conversion from baseball to football and back, which all multi-purpose ballparks had at the time - hadn't been moved in years, and apparently the rails on which they sat had rusted so much that the stands couldn't be moved. Rather than trying to free them for what was (at the time) supposed to be a one-time shot, the powers that were decided to leave them in place, with the upshot being that left field was about 275' from home plate (similar to the old LA Coliseum setup for the Dodgers when they moved out to LA). In a normally configured park Appling's ball would have been a routine out.

-- MWE
   13. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: June 14, 2014 at 08:46 PM (#4726245)
I guess somebody who played pro ball at 17 really shouldn't be asked to play when he's 58...
   14. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: June 14, 2014 at 09:17 PM (#4726267)
I guess it's not such an odd feeling to not want to see yourself get old. I sometimes dont want to look in the mirror,


Just a couple of hours ago I happened to glance at Facebook & saw a photo of my first wife (15 1/2 months older than me) & her sister (2 months older than me), & my god, they looked old. Whereas when I look in the mirror, I ...

... well ...

OK. Forget it.
   15. AndrewJ Posted: June 14, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4726311)
I know of at least one county fire department that no longer dispatches ambulance calls for "a 20 year old male..."; instead they very carefully say "a 20 year-of-age male..." (as cumbersome as that sounds) because saying the word "old" is, you know...bad. Or sumpin. Ahhh, the Golden Years!

That sounds just a little too good to be true...
   16. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: June 14, 2014 at 09:48 PM (#4726314)
I was at that game, which was played in RFK Stadium. The movable stands - designed for the conversion from baseball to football and back, which all multi-purpose ballparks had at the time - hadn't been moved in years, and apparently the rails on which they sat had rusted so much that the stands couldn't be moved. Rather than trying to free them for what was (at the time) supposed to be a one-time shot, the powers that were decided to leave them in place, with the upshot being that left field was about 275' from home plate (similar to the old LA Coliseum setup for the Dodgers when they moved out to LA). In a normally configured park Appling's ball would have been a routine out.


I was there as well (with 20+ co-workers)... the game was sponsored by Cracker Jack. It was a bittersweet thing for me 'cause I grew up on the expansion Senators who played there pre-rusted rails.
   17. Baldrick Posted: June 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM (#4726327)
I know of at least one county fire department that no longer dispatches ambulance calls for "a 20 year old male..."; instead they very carefully say "a 20 year-of-age male..." (as cumbersome as that sounds) because saying the word "old" is, you know...bad. Or sumpin. Ahhh, the Golden Years!

Documentation or I'm calling this an urban legend.
   18. valuearbitrageur Posted: June 15, 2014 at 05:03 AM (#4726470)
I agree with him for the most part, but I think he underestimates the intelligence of children.


I for one, am tired of their intellectual arrogance.
   19. void*** (SC) Posted: June 15, 2014 at 06:37 AM (#4726473)
Documentation or I'm calling this an urban legend

There could be a very reasonable explanation for that, like air traffic controllers emergency dispatchers need to avoid language that is ambiguous. Using "old" in that sentence means the subject could be mistakenly thought to be an "old male" if the first part is garbled or missed.
   20. Lassus Posted: June 15, 2014 at 07:35 AM (#4726474)
Or it could just be bullshit.
   21. Baldrick Posted: June 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4726529)
Or it could just be bullshit.

My Occam's Radar suggests this is likely the answer.
   22. Hank G. Posted: June 15, 2014 at 06:27 PM (#4726777)
I loved the Old-Timers’ games when I was a kid. No one expects a 50 year old former player to perform the way he did in his prime. It was a thrill just to see legendary players in a uniform.
   23. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 15, 2014 at 06:56 PM (#4726796)
Somebody posted on rsbb once that they had seen Cy Young pitch in an old-timers game, which was the coolest thing I had ever heard. You just can't have that kind of thrill nowadays. You can see everyone who could possibly appear in an old-timers game on YouTube or MLB Network or ESPN Classic or something.
   24. Ray (CTL) Posted: June 15, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4726858)
Yount is not sad to see the demise of old timers games. He said he would never consent to play in them because they diminish the memory of how good a player was when he was active.


He's right about this. Old Timers games are depressing; you look at how run down and decrepit the players 50, 60, 70 are, and you think, my god.
   25. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: June 15, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4726862)
You also think, holy ####, Julio Franco was incredible.
   26. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: June 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM (#4727050)
I f I heard this interview right the other night, Yount said he couldn't remember where his HOF plaque is located, nor did he know where one of his MVP trophies is presently located.
   27. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM (#4727063)
You also think, holy ####, Julio Franco was incredible.

He's never going to get invited to an old-timers game if he doesn't stop playing...
   28. Howie Menckel Posted: June 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM (#4727073)
"Somebody posted on rsbb once that they had seen Cy Young pitch in an old-timers game, which was the coolest thing I had ever heard."

a clmactic moment of the often tedious Ken Burns Nine Innings, iirc, was film footage of Cy Young as an old-timer, but a coach I think

better still was Ty Cobb throwing out the 1st ball for the new LA Angels franchise in 1961. He died later that year, but Ty and expansion intersected...

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